Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Trump commutes sentence of Alice Marie Johnson

Kardashian West lawyer Shawn Holley told ABC News: "I just got off the most wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers".

Then turning her talk to Kardashian, she added: "And I want to tell Kim, my angel, that you never gave up on me".

"Once Alice's family joined the call, the tears never stopped flowing", Holley said in a statement.

Johnson, a black woman in MS, was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a first-time drug offense.

Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades.

"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". Three requests were made - one during his first term, two during his second - that were rejected, including a final plea on January 6, 2017, only days before Obama left office. Case files are not public, so it's unclear why Obama found her petition undeserving.

Video footage of Johnson leaving prison shows her running across the street and jumping into her family's arms.

She said: 'I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon.

In a hand-scrawled letter last June she wrote: "I'm a broken woman". She vowed, "And if I get out - I have a job secured, and plan to continue to help those in prison and work hard to change our justice system". Administration officials say the president is not only contemplating possible pardons - which wipes out a conviction - but also commutations, which leave the conviction intact and on the person's record while reducing the punishment.

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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.

The commutation puts a renewed focus on the Trump administration's push for prison and sentencing reform, but which has sometimes clashed with the president's law-and-order approach, especially at the Justice Department.

"I'm grateful to the president for allowing Alice to go home after 21.5 years in prison and to Kim Kardashian for her advocacy on Alice's behalf".

As for Kardashian West, Johnson said, "Kim, I love you". Shawn Holley has represented celebrity clients like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie.

Byrd said any criticism that Kardashian received for meeting with Trump was "gravely misplaced", while praising the socialite for using her platform and access to lobby for Johnson's case. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime". "Hopefully, there will be more to come in the future".

"I have not been in a vehicle without handcuffs in nearly 22 years", she said. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, is a high-profile Trump supporter.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited the White House May 30 to discuss Johnson's sentence and the possibility of a pardon or commuted sentence.

They met with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, who has taken on prison policies as a signature issue. "I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice", Kardashian West told Mic in an interview of her conversation with the president. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance".

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