Alice Johnson Says Her Release Is 'Very Humbling'

Alice Johnson Says Her Release Is 'Very Humbling'

Kerry Wise
June 11, 2018

Reality TV icon Kim Kardashian West took up her case, even meeting with Trump at the White House to plead for clemency.

The President is still considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart, who was convicted in an insider trading case, and commuting the sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, now serving a 14-year prison sentence on felony corruption charges, along with several others, the White House official told Reuters.

Kardashian West hailed the commutation, tweeting, "BEST NEWS EVER!" and expressing gratitude to Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Christine Samra is a web and social media producer for KPIX 5. Nevertheless, she was convicted of conspiracy to sell cocaine and money laundering, which led to a sentence of life plus 25 years in federal prison - despite it being her first offense. "Everything was going so bad for her, and she got desperate".

Hers was not a miscarriage of justice case - Ms Johnson was guilty, but her lawyers argued the sentence was unduly harsh for a first time, non-violent offender.

Kardashian West told the Mic that while meeting with Trump, he "really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice".

Johnson's family has long campaigned for Alice's release, saying she is a "model inmate" and involved with numerous prison's programs, including working at their hospice center.

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"I feel like my life is starting over again", an emotional Johnson told reporters outside the prison in Aliceville. "When I just popped up on her phone, she said it was a moment where she knew ... this is a person that she needs to do something [for]".

"She has truly been relentless in her fight for me", Johnson said of Kardashian West.

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As clemency petitions work their way through the system, the president routinely denies the "vast majority" of requests, a White House official said.

But life as a whole is whatever Johnson now wants to make of it, and she isn't taking one moment for granted.

Kardashian said she "felt this connection" to Johnson when she learned about her story. And he granted a posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, which had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone.