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The US Supreme Court overturned Casius Clay's (Mohammad Ali) conviction in Clay v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971), for procedural reasons.

Clay was arrested and convicted in US District Court (upheld by the Fifth Circuit) for refusing to report for induction after he was drafted and denied conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War. The Court held that the government had failed to properly identify the reason for disallowing Clay's petition as a conscientious objector, and overturned the conviction.

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