Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Kardashian West heads to White House to talk pardon

Kardashian West heads to White House to talk pardon

Kim Kardashian, the 37-year-old reality TV and pop culture icon, made an official visit to the White House on Wednesday, seeking a presidential pardon for a 62-year-old Alabama woman who is now serving a life sentence behind bars with no chance of parole for a first-time drug conviction. "It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense", Kardashian West said in a statement Wednesday night.

In part of a larger prosecution of people involved with the Colombian drug cartel Cali, Johnson was convicted on a series of charges ranging from conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it to money laundering.

"Prison reform is a complex issue that requires expertise and knowledge of where some of the greatest racial disparities lie".

The news, originally reported by Vanity Fair, states Kardashian-West first became aware of Alice Marie Johnson's story after watching a Mic video.

Kardashian now wants Trump to pardon Johnson.

Kim Kardashian went to the White House yesterday to have a meeting with Donald Trump about prison reform.

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According to the Vanity Fair report, "there have been talks" about West making his own White House appearance at a later date.

Kardashian was expected to meet with both the president and his advisers, including Jared Kushner, whom she reportedly met through Ivanka Trump.

Before stepping out at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Kardashian took to Twitter to wish Johnson well.

"I think that she really deserves a second chance at life", Kardashian told Mic.

Kardashian, who plans to use her wealth to continue working on criminal justice reform, says she believes Johnson will "thrive" outside of prison. Sylvester Stallone and boxers Lennox Lewis and Deontay Wilder visited the Oval Office, asking Trump to posthumously pardon Johnson, explaining he was convicted mainly for being black. She has already served 21 years. She's not only voiced support for Johnson but for Cyntoia Brown, the sex trafficking victim who was imprisoned at the age of 16 for killing a child predator who paid her for sex.

Johnson's case became worldwide news a year ago when Kardashian West tweeted about it which, in turn, led to her penning the star a heartfelt thank you letter. "It's unconscionable that she is serving a death sentence". Her petition for clemency was denied by President Barack Obama in 2016, despite supportive letters from her warden and other prison officials. Perhaps. Considering Trump's friendly relationship with her husband, West, and his affinity for celebrities who treat him well, it's likely.

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