Donald Trump Commutes Drug Offender Grandmother’s Sentence After Kim Kardashian’s Plea

11 June, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Kim Reid
  • 39;Someone Finally Saw Me': Alice Marie Johnson Thanks President Trump and Kim Kardashian

The White House said in a statement that Trump had commuted Johnson's sentence and that she "has accepted responsibility for her past behavior" and been a "model prisoner".

Johnson's case caught nationwide attention after the reality-television star Kim Kardashian West took notice of her case a year ago and retained an attorney to help her clemency bid.

Johnson's daughter, Catina Scales, who appeared with her on "New Day", also thanked Kardashian West for her help in obtaining her mother's commutation.

The reality star succeeded in her quest to free Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offence in the US. Johnson explained her crimes came as a result of being unemployed, and she would go on to relay messages and provide a line of communication for a cocaine trafficking operation. "She has used her celebrity status to lift up a specific case of injustice and give Alice the spotlight her case deserves".

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"I think Kanye's already given him legitimacy in that way", Kardashian said, referencing husband Kanye West's unexpected support of Trump earlier this year.

The president has also signaled that he could similarly favor lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who went to jail for making false statements in an insider trading case, and commute the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, a former governor of IL convicted of corruption.

Johnson, 63, who had spent a third of her life in prison, screamed.

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She tweeted her thanks to the president and Mr Kushner, saying: "So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", Johnson's attorney Brittany K. Barnett said in a statement.

She was first alerted to the issue after spotting a video about the case on social media.

Kardashian West joined what has been a long-running campaign for Johnson's freedom, spearheaded by the clemency foundation CAN-DO, friends and family. She said she "was not only moved to tears, but moved to action".

Last month, the president posthumously pardoned the boxer Jack Johnson after the actor Sylvester Stallone raised his case with him.

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