Donald Trump commutes sentence for Kardashian-backed drug offender

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As for Kardashian West, Johnson said, "Kim, I love you".

Johnson has already served 21 years of a life sentence after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of the drug.

Her release was initially confirmed by Jennifer Turner of the American Civil Liberties Union, who is part of Johnson's legal team. Our sources say Kim will make the trip without KUWTK cameras or her sisters.

"This country's addiction to mass incarceration has devastated millions of families like Alice's, with emotional and economic consequences that can last generations", she added. "I am loving looking at just trees, look at the cars and looking at birds and not looking at all these things through prison bars. When I just popped up on her phone, she said it was a moment where she knew ... this is a person that she needs to do something [for]".

The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House Wednesday. "This moment right now is happening because President Trump had mercy on me".

Trump has been working outside the traditional pardon process usually overseen by the Justice Department, and has appeared to favor cases that catch his attention - because they've been championed by friends, celebrities or conservative media, or involve people he sees as rivals.

Trump recently pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation. "It was wonderful. I'm so glad that she was the one who was able to deliver the news to me. She is considered to be a model inmate who is willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks, '" the statement continued.

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"I trust and hope and ask to President Trump to pardon him", Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos told Trump's favorite network. Trump confirmed the visit in a tweet: "Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing". Kardashian West lawyer Shawn Holley told ABC News: "I just got off the most wonderful, emotional and fantastic phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers". As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears. Kardashian West shared Johnson's enthusiasm.

"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 announcing the commutation of her sentence. Sanders noted that 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".

Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people.

She was sentenced to life in prison in 1997, and appellate judges and the US Supreme Court have rejected her appeals. Court records show she has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence, but federal prosecutors are opposed, saying in a court filing that the sentence is in accord with federal guidelines, based on the large quantity of drugs involved.

A criminal justice advocacy site, CAN-DO, and one of Johnson's lawyers said a request for clemency had been rejected when Barack Obama was president. Johnson's cause had been taken up by celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who personally lobbied Trump on her behalf last week. Trump's clemency warrant ordered her to be released immediately from Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution in Alabama. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance", West tweeted.

The unlikely duo first met in May to discuss commuting Johnson's life sentence.

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