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Mark Wahlberg Should Not Be Pardoned


Evidently, getting completely absolved in the court of public opinion isn’t enough for Mark Wahlberg.

The actor, whose new film The Gambler is to be released this month, has filed a petition to the governor of Massachusetts asking to be pardoned for crimes he committed in the late 1980s, before his rise to fame as a rapper and, later, an actor. Most notable among Wahlberg’s crimes were his blinding a man of Vietnamese extraction after knocking out another Vietnamese man with a stick.

These racist crimes, described in detail here, happened in 1988, some three years before the first release from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and five years before Wahlberg’s acting debut. Wahlberg paid his debt to society by serving 45 days of his sentence, but his debt was not so onerous as to have any meaningful effect on the actor’s career. For all Wahlberg’s complaints, it…

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