January 16, 2015

The prosecutor in Mark Wahlberg’s assault case from 1988 wants to block him from being pardoned.

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Judith Beals wrote in The Boston Globe, “I see no reason why that history should be erased from the public record through a pardon. I’m glad Mark Wahlberg has turned his life around…But a public pardon is an extraordinary public act, requiring extraordinary circumstances because it essentially eliminates all effects of having ever been convicted. It is reserved to those who demonstrate ‘extraordinary contributions to society,’ requiring ‘extensive service to others performed, in part, as a means of restoring community and making amends.’ On this, I am not sold. Even his pardon petition describes his serial pattern of racist violence as a ‘single episode’ that took place while he was ‘under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. Wahlberg’s status as a ‘role model to troubled youth’ would not be helped by a public pardon, as he claims. In fact, a formal public pardon would highlight all too clearly that if you are white and a movie star, a different standard applies. Is that really what Wahlberg wants?”

Mark served 45 days in jail for the crime.