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Thursday, 31 May 2018 - 16:11
Kim Kardashian meets US President to discuss prison reforms (Photos)
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Kim Kardashian West has met President Donald Trump to discuss a potential pardon for a 63-year-old great-grandmother who is serving life in prison.
 
Alice Marie Johnson has been behind bars for more than two decades for a first-time drug offense.
 
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has also been speaking with Kardashian West about the case for months.
 
President Trump tweeted that they had a "great meeting".
 
Kardashian West was moved to ask her longtime personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to take a look at the case and is paying for a new legal team for Johnson.
 
The reality television star was also able to join forces with Kushner, a senior adviser to the president who has been pushing for federal prison reform.
 
Kardashian, 37, in both her meetings with Kushner and the President, discussed a pardon for Johnson, who will otherwise spend the rest of her life in prison for a first-time drug offense.
 
Johnson's life sentence did not come with the opportunity for parole.
 
Her conviction and incarceration caught the eye of Kardashian on Twitter earlier this year.  
 
Sixty-three-year-old Johnson grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was married and pregnant by age 15.
 
In her mid-30s in the early 1990s, Johnson divorced her husband, lost her job at FedEx due to a gambling addiction and hit rock bottom when her youngest son, Cory, was killed in a scooter accident.
 
Johnson became involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine into Memphis, Tennessee, where she acted as a go-between and relayed messages to drug dealers,
 
The Memphis woman acted as a middleman for the drug traffickers, passing on the messages in code via telephone, but claims she never sold drugs.
 
She was arrested along with 15 others in 1993 on charges including conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering.
 
But ten of her alleged co-conspirators turned against her in exchange for reduced sentencing or dropped charges.
 
At the time of Johnson's February 1997 sentencing, federal laws mandated a life sentence, despite the fact Johnson was a first-time, nonviolent offender.




Donald Trump shared a photo with Kim Kardashian during their meeting in the Oval Office 

Kim Kardashian spent an hour at the White House on Wednesday in a meeting with the president's son-in-law



She glanced at the cameras as she headed to her waiting car on her way home


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