President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson

President Trump commutes sentence of Alice Johnson

Her case became a rallying cry in recent years for criminal-justice reform advocates who have held her up as an example of overzealous drug sentencing, and the epitome of a reformed, rehabilitated prisoner ready to re-enter society.

Ms Johnson's commutation of sentence is the sixth act of clemency granted by Mr Trump since he took office and the second one issued after a celebrity had appealed to him. It was a moment I will never forget. Johnson, who had been serving a mandatory life sentence plus 25 years for a nonviolent drug offense, also had a plea for the president to review more cases like hers.

"I mean Kanye you know, cosigned, and said that he loves his personality and loves him", she explained.

Her daughter, Catina Scales, said she was seven months pregnant when her mother went to prison.

Kim Kardashian denied Thursday that she was being used as a White House pawn after she helped a great-grandmother get clemency from President Trump over nonviolent drug charges. News, "She really wants to make a difference in people's lives and left Washington feeling very inspired".

The events leading up to Johnson's offenses included divorce and the loss of her job at Fedex.

Her case has been described as an extreme example of harsh, mandatory-minimum drug sentencing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. How did Kim Kardashian get involved?

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Alice Marie Johnson's life changed on Wednesday - and she has US President Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian West to thank.

For months, Kardashian has campaigned on behalf of Johnson to senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, whom she also met at the White House.

Asked Wednesday whether the president has the power to pardon himself, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he didn't know the legal specifics, but added, "He shouldn't, and no one is above the law".

"Ms. Johnson has accepted responsibility for her past behavior and has been a model prisoner over the past two decades". As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears. "President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today", Johnson's attorney Brittany K. Barnett said in a statement.

Johnson had served 21 years of a life sentence for conspiracy to possess cocaine. "I was going to rejoin my family".

"You now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons".

The decision came after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House.

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