Trump commutes life sentence of grandmother after Kim Kardashian meeting

Trump commutes life sentence of grandmother after Kim Kardashian meeting

Trump commutes life sentence of grandmother after Kim Kardashian meeting

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former president Barack Obama's administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

The site claimed she'll be "heading straight home to be with her family". He said that he was considering commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former IL senator serving a sentence after his conviction on corruption charges, and giving a pardon to Martha Stewart. Fitzgerald was also the special counsel leading the case against Libby.

Jack Johnson received a rare posthumous pardon last month, after another actor - Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame - championed his case.

Some have seen the pardons as sending a message to former campaign aides now ensnared in the Mueller probe or other legal inquiries, including Trump's longtime lawyer and legal "fixer" Michael Cohen, whose finances are under federal investigation.

Following last week's meeting between President Trump and Kim Kardashian-West, an Aliceville inmate is now pardoned.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited the White House May 30 to discuss Johnson's sentence and the possibility of a pardon or commuted sentence.

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However, her freedom came just hours later.

She celebrated the good news on Wednesday, tweeting a link about the pardon and writing: "BEST NEWS EVER!" alongside three praying hand emojis.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. 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.

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. Three requests were made - one during his first term, two during his second - that were rejected, including a final plea on January 6, 2017, only days before Obama left office. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime".

Another attorney, Brittany K. Barnett, said earlier that Johnson feels overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead". Johnson, who had been accused of participating in a drug trafficking and money-laundering operation that distributed cocaine in Memphis, was arrested in 1993 and has been imprisoned since October 1996. The 1994 indictment describes dozens of deliveries and drug transactions, many involving Johnson.

But a long list of officials - congressmen, the USA attorney and even the warden at her prison - have asked the pardon attorney to reconsider.

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