Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Alice Marie Johnson leaves prison after Trump commutes sentence

Alice Marie Johnson leaves prison after Trump commutes sentence

Kardashian West's attorney, Shawn Holley, tells ET that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star personally called Johnson on the phone to break the news to her on Wednesday.

Kardashian's attorney, Shawn Holley, tells The Blast, "I just got off the most wonderful, emotional and fantastic phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers. It was a moment I will never forget".

She says that once Johnson's family joined the call, "the tears never stopped flowing".

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. The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists who was sacked by the president a year ago as FBI director.

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She was sentenced to life in prison in 1997, and appellate judges and the US Supreme Court have rejected her appeals. My administration strongly supports these efforts, and I urge the House and Senate to get together - and there are a lot of senators, a lot of Congress people that want to get this passed - to work out their differences. "I'm a broken woman".

Trump has so far taken a more hardline approach, advocating a "lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key" approach to criminal justice.

In another tweet, she said she was grateful to President Trump and the others involved in Johnson's commutation.

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

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Not only has Kushner hosted a series of bipartisan dinners centered on prison reform, but he also organized a bipartisan White House summit on the topic, hoping that Congress will act and pass a bill. Johnson was hopeful then-President Barack Obama would grant her clemency in December 2016 since he was doing so for 231 individuals, many who were convicted of drug-related charges.

The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House Wednesday.

The defense attorney, whose previous clients include celebrities such as Tupac Shakur, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan, soon got in touch with lawyers in the jurisdiction of Johnson's court case, a source told ABC News back in May. In the run-up to the meeting, West was in contact with the president's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for several weeks regarding the case. The 63-year old more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.

The news comes exactly one week after Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House to meet with the president and lobby for a pardon for Johnson. She has already served 21 years.

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