Kim Kardashian spent several hours at the White House on Wednesday highlighting a drug-charge case of a convicted felon she’s hoping to free.
Kardashian participated in a criminal justice reform roundtable with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and highlighted the case of Chris Young, a felon drug dealer she wants Donald Trump to free.
It is unclear whether she extended her stay at the White House to meet with the president. A spokesperson for the president declined to comment.
President Trump was not scheduled to take part in the conversation, but that was also the case last time Kardashian was on the property.
She and Trump ended up visiting in the Oval Office in June without reporters present. The White House distributed a hand-out photo after the fact.
Meeting time: Kim Kardashian was at a White House round table on criminal justice reform. She sat beside former federal judge Kevin Sharp, who quit the bench in protest at mandatory drug sentencing, including the case of Chris Young, the felon drug dealer she wants freed
In charge: Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law chaired the meeting dedicated to criminal justice reform, which his wife Ivanka Trump also attended. The White House released no pictures but Kim Kardashian did – on her Instagram story
Ivanka at the table: The First Daughter was at the opposite end of the meeting from her husband Jared Kushner
Down to business: Kim Kardashian was accompanied at the meeting by other criminal justice campaigners, and the general counsel of Koch Industries. The conservative Koch brothers back criminal justice reform to reduce sentences for drugs
Kim shared this photo with Jared and Ivanka hours after her visit
Kushner was leading the meeting on Wednesday that included a lawyer for Alice Johnson, Kardashian West, Van Jones and the Koch Industries’ general counsel.
‘Today at the White House, members of the Administration are hosting a listening session about the clemency process. The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review,’ Hogan Gidley, a deputy press secretary at the White House, said in a statement.
In June, the reality TV star helped to free Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother from Tennessee who was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 on non-violent drug charges.
President Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence after Kardashian’s tireless campaign against her harsh, mandatory punishment.
The reality star is taking on the cause now of Chris Young, a 30-year-old drug dealer who is serving a life term at a federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky.
Kardashian plead Young’s case on Jason Flom’s Wrongful Conviction podcast on Wednesday.
Kim Kardashian is at the White House to highlight a drug-charge case Chris Young, a convicted felon she’s hoping to free. The 30-year-old convicted drug dealer is serving a life term at a federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky
According to Page Six, she said: ‘Ye+-sterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case – got life. It’s so unfair. He’s 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years.’
‘I was on the phone with the judge that sentenced him to life, who resigned because he had never been on the side of having to do something so unfair, and now he is fighting [alongside] us to get [Young] out.’
Young has been in jail since he was arrested at a Shell gas station in Clarksville, Tennessee in December 2010.
He was talking to a drug dealer named Robert Porter while standing next to Porter’s car, which contained eight ounces of cocaine and six ounces of crack.
Young went to trial after three years in custody, turning down a guilty plea because he felt the 14-year-sentence prosecutors offered was too long.
He was found guilty of conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute 500 grams of cocaine and 280 grams of crack, intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a high school, and knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Because of previous drug convictions, the judge had no choice but to give him life in prison.
Young had been arrested for drug possession with a firearm in 2006 and for possession of less than a half-gram of cocaine in 2007 – the same year his brother Robert committed suicide.
He later said of his brother’s death: ‘I felt like the only person that understood all the adversity I’d been through was gone. I was lost, and I made a lot of bad decisions.’
The judge who sentenced Young, Kevin Sharp, left the bench in protest of ‘unfair’ mandatory sentences. He was also a participant in the meeting at the White House.
He said at Young’s sentencing hearing in 2014, ‘Each defendant is supposed to be treated as an individual. I don’t think that’s happening here.’
Young had testified that his mother was a drug addict and their home would sometimes have no lights or water.
He worked at a funeral home but soon joined his friends dealing drugs as a way to survive, he said.
Young said at his sentencing he had been relentlessly studying in jail to ‘better himself.’
He said: ‘I look at this like I’m in college. I don’t get to go to frat parties or talk to women, but this is the time to get my skill set. When I’m reading in my cell, it’s like I’m studying in my dorm room.’
Judge Sharp told the Tennessean: ‘If there was any way I could have not given him life in prison I would have done it.’
He added: ‘Most of the defendants (in drug cases) are not dangerous. They’re just kids who lack any opportunities and any supervision, lack education and have ended up doing what appears to be at the time the path of least resistance to make a living.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Francesca Chambers