Alice Marie Johnson thanks Trump and Kim Kardashian as she leaves prison

Kim Kardashian

Just a week after meeting with Kim Kardashian, U.S President Donald Trump has commuted the life imprisonment sentence of Alice Johnson, a 62-year old first-time drug offender.

An emotional Johnson left an Alabama prison on Wednesday, marveling at her freedom after 21 years behind bars, grateful for a second chance and craving seafood.

Kardashian West, who met with the president to lobby on behalf of Johnson, tweeted that the prisoner's release was the "BEST NEWS EVER!".

As for Johnson's next steps, she'll have regular check-ins with her parole officer and is making plans to meet Kardashian West soon.

While some people think that Trump is just using Kim as a political pawn or that she is giving the president legitimacy, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is just glad Alice Marie Johnson is now a free woman.

Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group.

Johnson also shared a message for the president.

'Sons of Anarchy' actor Alan O'Neill found dead at 47
Mr O'Neill will be most familiar to Irish audiences for having played Keith McGrath on Fair City between 2006 and 2012. Actor Alan O'Neill, who played the Irish mobster Hugh, has died at the age of 47, TMZ reports .

Top Republican Paul Ryan says Trump shouldn't pardon himself
Trey Gowdy's assessment that there was no evidence to support the commander-in-chief's " SPYGATE " claims . The president has insisted the agency planted a spy "to help Crooked Hillary win".

Lyon chairman Aulas hands Liverpool huge blow in Fekir pursuit
But Liverpool have dug deep and agreed a fee with Lyon , with the Reds reportedly paying an initial £48m to take him to Anfield. Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the US , a game that will take place in Lyon's Stade des Lumieres.

Discussing the issue on Thursday night's episode of The Project, host Waleed Aly slammed Kardashian's involvement in Johnson's pardon. "Because there are so many, as you've said, like me, who need to have the opportunity that I've had", she told GMA's Michael Strahan. Per The Huffington Post's report, the White House announced yesterday that Johnson would be granted clemency.

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on March 10, 2018, left, and Kim Kardashian West at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront in NY on May 15, 2017.

"Telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget", she added. "Why are we here?' We started the meeting", Kim said in an interview with CNN's Van Jones.

Guster says there is a chance Kim Kardashian-West's actions could spark a movement for other high profile people to advocate on of others with cases similar to Johnson's.

Johnson was sentenced to life after she was convicted on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine and attempted possession of cocaine in 1996.

Jack Johnson received a rare posthumous pardon last month, after another actor - Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame - championed his case.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England vs Costa Rica: Rashford, Welbeck seal win for Three Lions
Jun 10, 2018 - 12:32
I judge them on concentration, intensity and quality on the ball. "I'd say so, I just tried to play free today and enjoy myself". Gareth Southgate admits he has been left with some "serious decisions" after England's encouraging World Cup preparations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eagles coach Pederson says he wanted to go to White House
Jun 10, 2018 - 12:26
Trump said the team wanted to send a "smaller delegation" of players but fans attending the event "deserve better". At least one specifically cited the president's criticism of players who kneel.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top All rights reserved Florida wildlife searchers find woman's body attacked by gator
Jun 10, 2018 - 11:56
CNN affiliate WSVN reported that police said a witness saw the woman walking her dogs near SW 52nd Avenue in the nature park. Authorities confirmed Saturday morning that they had found the remains of a woman killed by an alligator in Davie, Florida .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump could handle Brexit better than Theresa May, Boris Johnson says
Jun 10, 2018 - 11:55
Now we know his negotiating strategy has at least one admirer in the British government-Boris Johnson. Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London , June 7, 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lyon end talks with Liverpool over Fekir transfer
Jun 10, 2018 - 11:41
With Lyon's latest statement emphatically explaining their position, it seems Liverpool will miss out on one of their primary transfer targets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump: Top economies should drop all tariffs
Jun 10, 2018 - 11:36
The other G7 leaders will meet without him for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and global development. Trudeau called the fact that the USA had based the tariffs on a national security reason "kind of insulting ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NASA’s Mars Rover Has Found Organic Matter On The Planet's Surface
Jun 09, 2018 - 10:24
Unfortunately, the new findings do not allow us to say anything about the presence or absence of life on Mars now or in the past. The methane signal has been observed for almost 3 Martian years (nearly 6 Earth years), peaking each summer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Takeaways From California's Primary, for Californians
Jun 09, 2018 - 10:21
Much of the day's drama focused on women, who fought to make history in some cases and to avoid disaster in others. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kate Spade's Sales Have Increased By 600% Following Her Death
Jun 09, 2018 - 10:13
When someone is at risk of committing suicide, he said, treat the situation as a "CPR intervention" and get help right away. She said it's a myth that to broach the topic of suicide will invite someone to do so or put the thought in their head.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IPhone 9 camera could take its cue from Google's Pixel 2 range
Jun 09, 2018 - 10:12
As for specs, the Pixel 3 XL is expected to feature about the same specs and performance as every other Android flagship in 2018. It looks like the Pixel 3 XL will have the notched display, which was speculated considering Android P has support for the same.

Everybody gets free tacos next Wednesday, thanks to Warriors win
Jun 09, 2018 - 09:46
Since the Warriors stole game 3 from the Cleveland Cavaliers , Taco Bell is letting customers steal a taco. If you haven't tried the "Doritos Locos Taco" yet, next Wednesday is as good a time as any to do so.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States diplomats evacuated from China over mystery illness from suspected sonic attack
Jun 08, 2018 - 06:39
The US said its officials were the victims of "specific attacks", but has not yet blamed anyone for being responsible. The New York Times reported that at least two employees removed from China experienced unusual noises while there.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Watches Morning Joe ‘Every Day Like a Slave — MSNBC Host
Jun 08, 2018 - 05:10
Grisham added that Melania is confident in her role as First Lady, and everything else is "speculation and nonsense". Trump continued: "Four reporters spotted Melania in the White House last week walking merrily along to a meeting".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eagles players individually decided on WH trip
Jun 08, 2018 - 04:40
Journalists were not allowed to cover the event out of respect for the families, meaning Mrs. Kerr took time to address those issues in a media session prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Terrorist armed with ax killed on Gaza border
Jun 08, 2018 - 04:36
The Jewish state accuses Gaza's extremists Hamas of using the protests as an excuse to carry out attacks. More than 2 million Palestinians are packed into the narrow coastal enclave.