Alice Johnson, who received a life sentence for a most valuable-time drug offense, wipes help tears after receiving a pardon from U.S. President Donald Trump within the Oval Office of the White Dwelling in Washington, U.S., August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump granted a full pardon on Friday to Alice Marie Johnson, a Tennessee girl who received a life sentence for a most valuable-time drug offense and whose cause changed into as soon as taken up by the celeb Kim Kardashian West.
Trump, who commuted Johnson’s sentence in 2018 after she had served higher than 20 years in prison, signed the pardon right thru a assembly with Johnson within the Oval Office.
“We’re taking Alice Johnson from a commutation to a full pardon,” Trump acknowledged. “Alice has performed an amazing job since she’s been out, recommending other folks” who may maybe maybe well per chance additionally just deserve clemency or a pardon.
Johnson, who spoke on the Republican National Conference this week about her preliminary commutation, wiped away tears after Trump’s announcement.
Kardashian West individually lobbied Trump about Johnson’s case.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech; Enhancing by Leslie Adler