Alice Johnson runs to family after sentence commuted

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They note her warden, case manager, and vocational training instructor have all written letters in support of her clemency. "Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance". "We're wasting our time if we don't get tough with drug dealers, and that toughness includes the death penalty", Trump stated.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 of five counts of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering and sentenced to life in prison - despite the fact that it was her first offense. In all likelihood Johnson's drug ring was responsible for more than a few deaths. She added, "Life for a time was good".

She was sentenced to life in prison in 1997, and appellate judges and the U.S. Supreme Court have rejected her appeals. A lawyer for Johnson did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Unlike a pardon, the commutation will not erase Johnson's conviction, only end her sentence. The reasons are unclear. Johnson served 21 years of her sentence. "She's a model inmate".

The reality TV star originally involved herself in Johnson's case in October after seeing a Mic Opinion video where Johnson shared her story from prison.


Democrats and Trump critics have warned that the president might be sending a message to his former aides and associates caught up in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation or the probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office.

Kardashian West got involved in Alice Johnson's case after she was profiled in a viral Facebook video previous year.

The reality star met with President Donald Trump last week to lobby for the released of the grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a first offence drug crime. "President Trump saved Alice Johnson's life today".

Kardashian West also discussed criminal justice reform with Mr Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Michael Scholl, a member of Johnson's legal team, said she was released just before 6 p.m. from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama. In fact, she told Mic that she'd "do whatever it takes to get her out".


On May 31, Trump pardoned D'Souza, who illegally funneled $20,000 to the campaign of Republican Wendy Long in her race against Sen.

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.

Trump, who has controversially tweeted about his ability to pardon himself, has upended the traditional pardon process.

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