Alice Johnson runs to family after sentence commuted

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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. "We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson's future and hopeful that she - and so many like her - will get a second chance at life".

Her case has been described as an extreme example of harsh, mandatory-minimum drug sentencing that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. "I'm free to live life". This was a road I never dreamed of venturing down. You never gave up your fight.

Kardashian-West has reacted to Trump's decision on Twitter. And I will not disappoint the American public or the world that has so much faith in me.

"I trust and hope and ask to President Trump to pardon him", Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos told Trump's favorite network. The first was Shalom Rubashkin, a CEO of meatpacking company who was convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering in 2009 and sentenced to 27 years in jail.

After reuniting with her family, Johnson said, she plans to spend her time advocating for changes in the prison system.

"There's a lot of family that want to see her". "We plan to go back to Memphis".

'He had to guess where we were going based on the snacks and magazines I had the plane stocked with!

Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. She detailed how she lost her job at FedEx due to gambling addiction, she lost a son in a motorcycle accident, and then her marriage ended in divorce. The federal prosecutor who oversaw Stewart's case in NY was James Comey, one of Trump's principal antagonists and the man he fired as FBI director past year.

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Johnson was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court had denied her appeals.

Mr. Trump previous reprieves - he has pardoned a total of six people and commuted the sentences of two - fueled suspicion on the left that Mr. Trump is merely warming to pardon allies caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Barnett, one of Johnson's attorneys, said in a statement, "Justice has been served today, and it's long overdue".

With Johnson's clemency, there is possibly hope that others facing life for nonviolent charges will also be granted clemency.

"That was a pretty rough day for me".

"My daughter continues to always tell me that I remind her of a phoenix", she reflected, "I guess in order to be a phoenix I had to rise above the ashes". "I guess in order to be a phoenix I had to rise above the ashes".

Holley told ABC News about Johnson's pardon,"I'm sobbing too many tears of joy and gratitude right now to offer a cogent statement".

Kardashian West says Mic's story inspired her to get involved, tapping her own team of lawyers to help Johnson.

"I'm just as shocked as anyone".

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