Kim Kardashian West plans to visit the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump to talk prison reform, according to a report from Vanity Fair. He also spoke in his State of the Union speech earlier this year about the need to give former inmates better training and opportunities for a second chance at life.
Johnson, has been serving a life sentence in a federal prison since 1996. No matter what, he'll have a press opportunity with Kardashian West, which he then can use to his advantage, similar to how he did with West's endorsement of him. And on Monday, Kardashian West tweeted out the "sad" story of Matthew Charles, who served 21 years of a 35-year sentence for selling drugs before being sent back to prison due to an alleged sentencing error.
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Although Johnson's case has captured nationwide attention for years, Kardashian West started lobbying for Johnson's release late last year.
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"She could have just saw the video or read an article or whatever and just said "oh that's a shame" or whatever and went on with her life, but she didn't, she chose to get involved in a major way", Johnson told ABC.
Prison reform advocates argue that lengthy sentences issued during the height of America's so-called war on drugs for nonviolent charges are cruel and inhumane.
While the case is an important one, the amusing and somewhat depressing side has not been lost on Twitter, with numerous users pointing out that reality stars - of which Trump was one himself - now seem to be "running the country" and lamenting celebrity culture which "deifies" people like Kardashian West instead of real experts on important issues.
Trump has proved receptive to other celebrity entreaties, such as one from Sylvester Stallone that resulted in Trump's recent posthumous pardon of boxer Jack Johnson. "Today is for you". "It's very nice that she is here, but that's not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House". "Not sure if it's both or which that Trump would grant clemency to, but Obama denied their requests". "I'm totally against it", he said last week.
"Judge Mays I'm writing to you to express my deep remorse for the crime that I committed over 20 years ago". "Out of desperation, I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money". McCartney reported from Los Angeles.