Actor Mark Wahlberg has petitioned the state of Massachusetts to be pardoned for crimes he committed when he was 16.
Wahlberg was arrested in 1988 for attacking two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer, reports The Associated Press. As a result of the attack, which left one man partially blinded, Wahlberg was convicted on a number of different criminal charges, including assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal contempt. Wahlberg subsequently served 45 days in jail.
Wahlberg, now 43, is looking to wipe the slate clean with a pardon. What does a pardon actually do and what does Wahlberg need to prove in order to get one?