Trump pardons Alice Johnson, whose cause was backed by Kim Kardashian

Trump pardons Alice Johnson, whose cause was backed by Kim Kardashian

Trump pardons Alice Johnson at the White House in Washington
Alice Johnson, who received a life sentence for a first-time drug offense, receives a pardon from U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump granted a full pardon on Friday (Aug 28) to Alice Marie Johnson, a Tennessee woman who received a life sentence for a first-time drug offense and whose cause was taken up by the celebrity Kim Kardashian West.

Trump, who commuted Johnson's sentence in 2018 after she had served more than 20 years in prison, signed the pardon during a meeting with Johnson in the Oval Office.

"We're taking Alice Johnson from a commutation to a full pardon," Trump said. "Alice has done an incredible job since she's been out, recommending other people" who may deserve clemency or a pardon.

Johnson, who spoke at the Republican National Convention this week about her initial commutation, wiped away tears after Trump's announcement.

Kardashian West personally lobbied Trump about Johnson's case.

Source: Reuters

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