She was serving a life sentence for "leading a multi-million-dollar drug ring that dealt in tons of cocaine from 1991 to 1994", the Tennessean reported. "Kim just walks in, [and they decide] "OK, let her out", Bickmore said.
Trump has also pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch campaign supporter; Scooter Libby, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney; and a U.S. Navy sailor convicted of taking photos of classified portions of a sub.
Holley says in a statement that she, "just got off the most wonderful, emotional and awesome phone call with Alice, Kim and Alice's lawyers".
"Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget".
"I want to tell Kim, my angel, that you never gave up on me".
She has said that prison guards wrote letters on her behalf and that she has perfectly clean behavior, spending her free time writing plays. Case files are not public, so it's unclear why Obama found her petition undeserving.
A long overdue emotional reunion for 63-year-old Alice Johnson and her loved ones.
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Tuscaloosa criminal attorney Michael Upton said this could spark a domino effect for other inmates with similar stories to get a second chance and said the White House needs a task force for cases like these. "I'm a broken woman. More time in prison can not accomplish more justice".
In the United States, the pardon power for federal crimes is granted to the President of the United States under Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution which states that the President "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States". Mrs. Kardashian West pled her case to the president, and a week went by with no word as to whether Trump would allow for Ms. Johnson to be released from prison. The first was the pardon of Jack Johnson, a boxer, after Sylvester Stallone appealed to the president. "Maybe she would. And also, good for all those people who are less famous working on these issues".
Kardashian West described the moment via Twitter. Shawn Holley has represented celebrity clients like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Ritchie. Trump forgave Alice Wednesday, a White House spokesperson confirmed to E!
The Can-Do Foundation, which advocates shorter sentences for non-violent drug offenders, had put Johnson at the top of its list of federal prisoners most deserving of a presidential commutation. She is forecasted to be released from prison soon. "And in Alice's case, it is a punishment that absolutely did not fit the crime". "Hopefully, there will be more to come in the future".
Johnson admitted that she didn't know much about Kardashian before the starlet became involved in her case.
The celebrity daughter of a defense lawyer - Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J. Simpson in his murder trial in 1995 - Kardashian West brought her own high-powered lawyer to the White House last week.
Kardashian West expressed gratitude to Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and others. Kardashian West said Wednesday that Kushner - whose father spent time in prison on corruption charges - was instrumental in the commutation.
As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson "will forever be one of my best memories".