Gov. Jerry Brown pardons Robert Downey Jr. for 1990s drug offenses

December 24, 2015 6:31 PM

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Actor Robert Downey Jr., who spent time behind bars in the late 1990s on drug convictions, received a Christmas Eve pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown, effectively scrubbing his criminal record clean.

The actor was one of 91 people to whom the governor granted clemency for past crimes, most of them minor drug offenses that are no longer felonies under California law. It has become an annual Christmas Eve tradition: official proclamations for men and women who previously served time for mostly non...

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