Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Trump commutes Alice Marie Johnson's sentence following meeting with Kim Kardashian West

Notably, the decision came after a meeting with Kim Kardashian, who has always been an advocate for the incarcerated 63-year-old. The 37-year-old reality show star made a personal plea on behalf of the 62-year-old grandmother who was given a life sentence in 1996 for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. She was convicted on charges of attempted possession of drugs and money-laundering in Tennessee.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has never been one to keep his opinions to himself, and so he told Wolf Blitzer that the commutation of Alice Marie Johnson's sentence due to the influence of Kim Kardashian was probably not ideal.

The television personality later tweeted to say she spoke to Johnson on the phone to tell her the news, saying the phone call was "one of my best memories". If Johnson had President Trump's ear, she'd make an appeal to help others in similar situations.

But it is unclear if such mercy will be extended to other inmates with similar cases, who do not have representation by Kim Kardashian. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Last night, Johnson had a "huge reunion" with family, "connecting" with relatives she had been kept apart from for more than two decades.

Famed entertainment attorney, Shawn Holley, a lawyer for Kardashian West describes the moment Johnson found out President Donald Trump had commuted her sentence.

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"I'm thankful for the media that has been covering this because they have magnified the plight of those serving these sentences for non-violent crimes".

As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said. However, Hughley says the sentences Trump hasn't commuted speaks volumes.

According to Mic, Johnson will shortly be released from the Aliceville Correctional Facility in Alabama and will return to her family after nearly 22 years.

USA media reports that dozens more prisoners could be released by Mr Trump. She has truly been relentless in her fight for me, and to know a woman who has never met me, who has embraced my story and taken me into her heart... Since then, there were months of behind-the-scenes talks between Kardashian and Trump's son-in-law/White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about the case.

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former president Barack Obama's administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

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