Trump Commutes Sentence of Drug Offender Championed by Kardashian


As we reported, the 63-year-old great-grandmother was released from jail this week, where she was serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offense.

Johnson had her life sentence commuted on Wednesday by President Trump after spending 22 years behind bars.

Kardashian asked her personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to help secure Johnson's pardon after seeing a clip about her on Mic.

The case struck a chord with Kardashian, who made it her mission to secure Johnson's release.

"She's actually achieved nothing", he said on The Project on Thursday night.

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He added that his message was no shade to Kim, who he applauded for using her platform for good. In addition to visiting the Kushner-Trump home last week, Kardashian also stopped by the White House for her meeting with the Donald himself, where she wore an all-black suit with unexpectedly bold neon green stilettos.

In prison Wednesday, she got a call from Kardashian West. He said her kids never gave up hope or their fight for their mother.

"While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance", said a statement from the office of White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Kardashian said: "I felt like she's a good person. President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", Johnson's attorney Brittany K. Barnett said in a statement. She was convicted in 1996 on eight counts related to a cocaine trafficking ring in Memphis.

Opposition Democrats say Trump's pardons - or hints to issue clemency - of political allies is meant to signal his present and former aides that they need not fear resisting the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign.

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Johnson ranked as No. 1 on a list of Top 25 women deserving clemency by the nonprofit group CAN-DO, which seeks pardons and commutations for people convicted of strict drug laws.

"I feel like my life is starting over again", she said. I'm free to start over.

In 1993, she was arrested on various drug and money laundering charges however, at the trial, prosecutors convinced 10 of 15 of her co-conspirators to testify against her so that their charges could be reduced, or dropped.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, Trump spent much of his first year rolling back Obama administration efforts on criminal justice policy and could end up ballooning the prison population.

Just days later, Trump commuted Johnson's sentence.

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The president commuted Ms Johnson's sentence as his seventh act of clemency.