Alice Johnson Thanks Jesus Christ and President Trump for Sentence Commutation

Alice Johnson Thanks Jesus Christ and President Trump for Sentence Commutation

Like many others, Kardasian West had seen an online video about Johnson and concluded she was the victim of Draconian drug-sentencing laws.

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.

ACLU attorney Jennifer Turner, who represented Johnson in her bid for clemency, urged Trump "to do the same for other federal prisoners serving extreme sentences that don't match the offenses, while reforming our draconian sentencing laws that produce these senseless punishments".

Speaking "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon", she said: "I never get starstruck".

Ahead of the meeting, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said she meant to seek a reprieve for Johnson. Her case came to his attention via reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. NPR's Ayesha Rascoe joins us now from the White House to talk about this.

On May 30, Johnson spent another birthday in prison while West went to the White House to advocate for her release.

Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. I've even been so honest to say, 'Look, Trump is the last person I thought that would've done this.' But he did.

Johnson's supporters argued she should not have to spend the rest of her life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. How did Kim Kardashian get involved?

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After Trump called Kim to let her know he was signing the papers to commute Alice's sentence, Kim then called Alice with the good news.

Alice met the criteria for Barack Obama's Clemency Project in 2014 but was turned down for release just days before the former president left office.

SHAPIRO: What more can you tell us about this specific case, Alice Marie Johnson? "She's been gone for so long", she said. She is forecasted to be released from prison soon.

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.

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

CNN reported Johnson has already "served 21 years of her life sentence after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine".

Read: Kim Kardashian was ridiculed for her White House visit. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are deserving of a second chance", she said in the tweet.