President Trump Commutes Alice Marie Johnson's Life Sentence

President Trump Commutes Alice Marie Johnson's Life Sentence

"When the criteria came out for clemency, I thought for sure - in fact, I was certain that I'd met and exceeded all of the criteria", Johnson told Mic in October.

"There's a lot of family that want to see her".

He also floated the idea of granting reprieves to former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who was convinced in 2004 on charges linked to an insider trading scheme. Last week, the president pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to violating campaign-finance laws.

Kim Kardashian West tweeted about a conversation she had with Johnson Wednesday morning after the president commuted her sentence.

About a month before the meeting West praised Trump in a tweet, claiming that he and the president "are both dragon energy".

The news comes exactly one week after Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House to meet with the president and lobby for a pardon for Johnson.

"I just got off the most wonderful, emotional and unbelievable phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers", she said.

Kardashian West described the moment via Twitter. "Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates", the White House said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after Trump's inauguration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an eight-paragraph memo calling for more uniform punishments, such as mandatory minimums, for those convicted of crimes such as drug dealing and encouraging prosecutors to pursue harsh charges.

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Like all of Trump's pardons and commutations, this one didn't go through the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the standard Justice Department process. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime", Ms. Barnett explained in a statement.

She said Johnson felt overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead". Johnson was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 1996 for her role in facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee.

Federal courts including the Supreme Court rejected her appeals. I am constantly amazed by your determination!' the new mother said. 'Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance'.

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.

President Trump commuted the life sentence of a grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, CBS News' Paula Reid reports, citing a White House official.

The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his murder trial in 1995 - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House last week.

Some supporters of President Trump have concluded that his decision to pardon Alice Johnson is rooted in a larger concern about how the criminal justice system affects people of color.

Others in the West Wing, including White House counsel Donald McGahn, had cautioned against the action.

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