Kardashian West visited the White House in May to advocate for Johnson. "I would like to tell him that, please, please remember us, the others, who have been left behind". You never gave up your fight.
Trump has taken a much different approach to presidential pardon power than his predecessor.
"President Trump was courageous enough to come out and do something Congress hasn't done". Thank you for taking the time to look at my case, and feel like I deserve a second chance in life. Johnson became reunited with her family, and she was full of thanks to both Kardashian and President Trump.
The 63-year-old grandmother was convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine. Despite being a first-time offender, she was sentenced to life in prison without parole, which at the time was a mandatory sentence.
A White House statement said Johnson "has accepted responsibility for her past behavior" and had been a model prisoner, working hard to rehabilitate herself and serve as a mentor to fellow inmates. "He was compassionate. He was sympathetic to her", during their meeting.
"There's a lot of family that want to see her". He says he's considering a long list of other clemency actions for those famous and not, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart, who served about five months on charges connected to an insider trading case. "We are going to go home!" Indeed, Trump has called for getting tougher on drug dealers, including suggesting some should receive the death penalty.More news: Captain Spirit Announce Trailer [E3 2018] [ESRB]
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"I don't necessarily think that if she were to come to the president next week with another case that she would necessarily get the same hearing. It's time to go home!'" Catina Johnson told CNN in a phone call on her way to pick up her mother.
Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, another member of Johnson's legal team, said Johnson felt overwhelmed with emotion and like she's been "resurrected from the dead". "I'm not bitter about it", she said. "It was a moment I will never forget". "I guess in order to be a phoenix I had to rise above the ashes".
Footage from Alabama news station WVTM-13 shows Johnson running toward her family, throwing her arms open wide and embracing them in front of a crowd of onlookers. As soon as she stepped out of the van, she ran toward waiting family members who greeted her with hugs, flowers and tears.
She remembers the day she was sentenced.
"I'm feeling no handcuffs, nothing on me". I'll just make a decision, 'you're saved, you're not. This is so wonderful to me.
Otherwise, she said she knows one thing for certain: Her first meal will be at Red Lobster. "She and I have talked many times over the years about her interest in criminal justice as a whole".