The holidays are a time for happiness and joy, but also for forgiveness and redemption. In such spirit we often find the U.S President and State Governors pardoning past offences and allowing people to move on with their lives, with a new second chance.
The current governor of California, Gov. Jerry Brown, is no different, and there is a special addition to his pardon list released just in time for the holidays.
Robert Downey Jr!
That's right, for the drug related crimes committed by Downey between 1990 and 2001, resulting in a sentence of three years. While he went into prison to begin this sentence in 1999 he was released in 2000. The official pardon from the Governor states:
"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."
The certificate of pardon, while symbolic and not enough to remove the convictions from Downey's record, is a sign of how far the Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron actor has come since those dark days.
Robert has always been very open about his past, and takes more heat over it than he should have to, having put that life far behind him. He is now the face of the MCU, one of the biggest franchises in all of history, and is a role model for millions of children worldwide. Hopefully with this pardon now in hand, Downey will not have to be reminded of that life, and will instead be able to forget it and move on with his life. I for one think that this is much more than a symbolic gesture, it's a sign of how well Downey has done to get where he has gotten to today.
You can see Downey star in his now iconic role of Tony Stark/ Iron Man again when Captain America: Civil War hits theatres on May 6th, 2016.
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