Donald Trump commutes life sentence of Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian's plea

10 June, 2018, 13:14 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Kim Kardashian met Donald Trump in the White House last week to discuss prison reform

Kim Kardashian is opening up for the first time about her meeting with President Trump, who later commuted the life sentence that first-time, non-violent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson was serving in prison.

The White House confirmed on Wednesday that the president signed a commutation for Johnson, who has served over 20 years in prison since she was sentenced to life without parole, plus 25 years, in 1996.

"I just got off the most wonderful, emotional, and fantastic phone call with Alice, Kim, and Alice's lawyers", Kardashian West's attorney Shawn Holley told Business Insider in a statement.

White House announced Thursday morning (AEST) that: "Ms Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behaviour and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades".

Tretessa Johnson also thanked Mr. Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has made prison reform part of his portfolio.

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President Trump commuted the life sentence of a grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, CBS News' Paula Reid reports, citing a White House official.

"Everyone has brought attention to this case and I just happened to see it on Twitter", Kardashian said. Ali has expressed her happiness to the reporters moments after bail and was very thankful to Kim.

"I'm feeling no handcuffs on me".

Johnson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court had denied her appeals.

"I'm still waiting to exhale!" she said in an email from prison, roughly 24 hours before she was released.

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Mrs. Kardashian West reacted positively to the news, as one would have expected.

Johnson would have died behind bars without the presidents clemency.

Guster says there is a chance Kim Kardashian-West's actions could spark a movement for other high profile people to advocate on of others with cases similar to Johnson's.

Johnson said that it's finally "starting to set in that I'm truly free".

Last week, Kardashian's meeting with Trump in the Oval Office was widely mocked on social media.

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