Robert Downey Jr. receives pardon for 1996 drug conviction

December 24, 2015 9:42 PM

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(CNN) — Robert Downey Jr., who spent time in prison in the late 1990s for drug convictions, received a full and unconditional pardon on Thursday (December 24) from California Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Iron Man actor was one of 91 people who received a pardon from Brown – mostly for minor drug offenses – in what has become an annual Christmas Eve tradition in the governor's office. The individuals completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without furt...

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