Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

She's already served more than 20 years behind bars without any option for parole.

In a tweet final week, the president stated he and Kardashian West talked about "jail reform and sentencing" throughout their current go to within the Oval Workplace of the White Home.

This is the latest celebrity-backed act of clemency from Trump, who has embraced his constitutional authority to pardon and shorten prison sentences for people convicted of federal crimes.

She says that once Johnson's family joined the call, "the tears never stopped flowing".

In portions of the interview that aired on "Anderson Cooper 360" (above), Kardashian discusses why she made a decision to lobby the president on behalf of Johnson, and responded to criticism that by meeting with the president she's endorsing him, "giving him legitimacy in a way", said Jones.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian's publicized and controversial decision to meet President Donald Trump last week has paid off.

Alice Johnson, whose life sentence for drug offenses was just commuted by President Trump, said reuniting with her family upon being freed from prison was a "moment of shock".

Following the commutation, Johnson told MSNBC that this clemency is "saving her life".

Her meeting went successfully and Alice was granted a pardon a week later.

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Johnson has served more than two decades in federal prison for drug offenses.

Trump is moving more quickly to exercise his pardon power than recent presidents.

Kardashian West hailed the commutation, tweeting, "BEST NEWS EVER!" and expressing gratitude to Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Alice met the criteria for Barack Obama's Clemency Project in 2014 but was turned down for release just days before the former president left office.

- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 30, 2018I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon.

"The presidential pardon holds a special resonance for Trump, representing one area where he has nearly unchecked power as other aspects of his presidency... remain outside his control", The Post says.

But immediately after her release, Johnson was savoring her freedom and all the perks that came with it.

Hers was not a miscarriage of justice case - Ms Johnson was guilty, but her lawyers argued the sentence was unduly harsh for a first time, non-violent offender.

Trump last week pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, convicted of making illegal campaign contributions.

"I told Alice, 'I'm never going to give up".

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