FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, actor Robert Downey Jr. participates in "The Judge" photo call and press conference during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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The governor of California pardoned Robert Downey Jr. Thursday for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that led to the Oscar-nominated actor's imprisonment for roughly a year.Downey was among 91 people granted pardons for criminal convictions after demonstrating they had rehabilitated themselves and been out of custody for at least 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced.The Democratic governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, has made it a practice to issue pardons around Christian holidays.The state's longest-serving governor has now issued 1,087 pardons, including 683 in the past five years and 404 during his first eight years in office from 1975-1983, according to his office.
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