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Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown

Robert Downey Jr. Pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown
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California Governor Jerry Brown has pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a 1996 drug conviction.

The actor was one of 91 people that were pardoned as part of Brown’s Christmas Eve tradition. According to the governor’s office, “The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity." 

Downey Jr. was pulled over in 1996 and convicted of felony drug possession. He later served nearly a year in prison in 1999 after violating his probation.

The 50-year-old went on to star in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” franchises and received an Oscar nomination for “Tropic Thunder” in 2009.

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