Andrew Sacks, Stanley Sacks and this Firm send our deepest condolences for the loss of Muhammad Ali, a dear friend of the Firm:

As the whole world knows, Muhammad Ali is generally considered among the “greatest” (if not “The Greatest”) heavy-weights in boxing History. He is “the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years.” His face is probably the most recognized throughout the entire world.

In 1967, Ali, based on his personal Religious beliefs and his opposition to the Vietnam War, refused to be inducted into the United State Military under the Government’s Draft program that was in existence at the time; because of that, he was arrested, prosecuted and found guilty of Draft Evasion charges and “stripped” of his Boxing Title. Ali appealed his conviction and in 1971 the United State Supreme Court overturned his Criminal Conviction, which in effect, and declared him “Not Guilty” of any Criminal offense.

Because of that loss of his Boxing Title, he did not fight again “for nearly four years” a time of “peak performance” in his career, losing millions of dollars he would have earned during that time.

Because Ali’s Criminal Conviction was wrongful; and because the Boxing Association wrongfully took his Championship Title, Ali, some years later decided he would file a Lawsuit against the Boxing Commission seeking to recover damages for the millions of dollars that he had lost.

Ali, selected this Law Firm, the Norfolk Personal Injury/Criminal Defense Law Firm of Sacks & Sacks, , to help represent him in that Lawsuit. We participated in the filing of a Lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; and Andrew Sacks, Partner in this Firm presented Oral Argument before the United States District Judge at a Hearing in the Washington, DC Federal Court.

Because Ali had waited more than 20 years to file his Suit for the Wrongs done him, the United States District Judge ruled that, under Statute of Limitations law, Ali was time-barred from filing the Suit.

Ali, therefore, never recovered the Damages he had suffered; but his world-wide popularity not only was not diminished by the stand he took in his opposition to the Vietnam War, but apparently his reputation was even that much more enhanced.

            In addition to the Hearing in Washington, there was other matters in which Andrew Sacks and Stanley Sacks were involved in with Ali – who was not only a client, but who became our Friend.

We, like everybody, will miss this “larger than life” one of a kind man!