Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson

11 June, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Lifestyle       by Asma Malik | Published

The reality TV star voiced her desire to meet 63-year-old Alice Johnson after she was released from jail on Wednesday thanks to her intervention, American broadcaster TMZ said.

Trump's action comes just days after he met with Kardashian West, at the White House to discuss prison reform.

Shawn Holley, Kardashian West's attorney who accompanied her to the White House last week, said the reality star was the one who broke the news to Johnson on Wednesday in what she described as "the most wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers".

Johnson herself told Business Insider just one day earlier that she had been waiting with bated breath for news about her case since Trump and Kardashian West's meeting.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5.

Johnson was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for her involvement facilitating communications within a 1996 cocaine trafficking operation.

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That put it behind only Canada in terms of the value of U.S. exports. "I regard this as much like a family quarrel", Kudlow said. "The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable".

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.

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. "I feel like my life is starting over again", an emotional Alice told reporters outside the prison, reported CNN.

She added, "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she -and so many like her - will get a second chance at life". At the time, Johnson was seven months pregnant, according to her daughter, Catina Scales.

Kardashian West visited the White House in May to advocate for Johnson.

"Because you now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons", he explained. And he granted a posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, a case championed by actor Sylvester Stallone. "This is one case that went viral so a lot of people were made aware of it", Guster said. "Why are we here?' We started the meeting", Kim said in an interview with CNN's Van Jones. When West heard Johnson's story, she tweeted that she didn't find it fair.

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