Robert Downey, Jr. Receives Pardon for Christmas
Robert Downey, Jr. has been granted a pardon for his previous drug convictions, just in time for Christmas. The Iron Man star recently filed legal papers with Los Angeles authorities seeking to have his felony convictions, relating to a string of incidents between 1996 and 2002, formally forgiven.
The District Attorney backed the motion and in October, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge signed off on a “certificate of rehabilitation.” The order was forwarded to California Governor Jerry Brown, as per the law, and on Christmas Eve Downey, Jr. was officially pardoned for his past crimes, for which he served a total of two years, eight months behind bars. He completed his parole in 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported. “By completion of his sentence and good conduct in the community of his residence since his release, Robert John Downey, Jr. has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon,” read the pardon announcement. The news means the 50-year-old actor, who has been candid about his past substance abuse struggles, will now regain all of his constitutional rights, including the right to vote. Downey, Jr. was one of 91 convicts granted clemency by Governor Brown on Thursday.