Kardashian effect: White House looks beyond celebrity clemency pleas
WASHINGTON – When Alveda King was invited to the White House last month, the Atlanta pastor and niece of Martin Luther King Jr. brought with her a list of more than 90 names – all federal prison inmates seeking presidential clemency. Last week, another reality television star – Kim Kardashian West – appeared at the White House, with the lawyer for Chris Young, a Tennessee man serving a mandatory life sentence for drug trafficking. A loose coalition of activist groups, criminal justice reform advocates and lawyers – all coordinated by the conservative Koch Institute – has been assembling a list of thousands of prisoners they believe are worthy of the president’s constitutional power to pardon crimes and commute sentences. Now, the White House is attempting to instill some discipline to the process as part of what they hope will become a signature piece of Trump’s efforts at criminal justice reform.
That’s according to participants at a White House meeting last week, in which officials heard from a dozen law professors, advocates and attorneys that the clemency system is broken. Kim Kardashian arrives May 30, 2018, with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley at the security entrance of the White House. The meeting was convened by Ivanka Trump and Kushner – but neither the president nor the White House lawyers participated. A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House discussions, said the White House counsel’s office was engaged in the effort and looking at several options for how to overhaul the system. Also attending were law professors Rachel Barkow and Mark Osler, who argued that the president should abolish the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the Justice Department office that has handled pardons and commutations in one form or another since 1865.Obama relied on that office to process more than 20,000 applications through his clemency initiative, an effort to effectively resentence drug offenders serving long minimum sentences for what are now considered more minor drug offenses.
Trump has taken the opposite approach, granting pardons with no input from the pardon attorney. President Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers whose case inspired takeover of wildlife refuge. Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza – and might do the same for Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart.
Bernice and Alveda King: Bridging the political divide
They are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Doctor Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., backed democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race. Her cousin, Doctor Alveda King, a prominent conservative activist, voted for GOP contender Donald Trump. The women sat down with FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes for an interview at the King Center in northeast Atlanta to discuss the current political climate. The cousins definitely don’t see eye to eye on most issues, but they have managed to bridge the political divide, and believe it’s possible for Americans to do the same.
Despite their opposing political views, when it comes to talking politics, they work to find common ground at a time when the country is deeply divided among party lines. The Kings grew up in families where they were taught the importance of unconditional love and forgiveness. As adults, Bernice King explained that the women use Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence as a guide when tackling controversial issues. They commit to the process no matter how difficult, while making every effort to engage in peaceful and constructive debate said Alveda King.
In listening to the women it’s clear they share a mutual love and respect for one another despite their differences, in stark contrast to the bitter national political climate. The women believe people must begin to seek and discuss facts, while being open to others viewpoints, instead of having conversations that are simply driven by emotion. As impossible as it may seem, Bernice and Alveda King believe it is possible for the nation to heal, one conversation at a time.
Alveda King: Forgive Racial Injustice
Niece of slain civil rights leader speaks in Des Moines. Alveda King was the featured speaker at an MLK observance at North High School. King is a civil rights activist and former Georgia state legislator. She recalls how she learned forgiveness from her father the night in 1968 when her uncle was killed in Memphis. Alveda King was once arrested as a protester in the open housing movement.
Her family suffered violence at the hands of segregationists who bombed their home in Birmingham, Alabama. King praises younger Americans who do not distinguish between black and white among their peers. About 300 people turned out for last night’s event. Alveda King continues to work for civil rights and as an activist in the Religious Right movement.
Alveda King Gets Personal, Slams Omarosa for Being Willing to Tell Lies ‘for Money’
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and friend of President Trump, laid fired White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman out flat with a none-to-soft smackdown this week. The problem is, numerous claims in her book of already been disputed or contradicted – often by the very people she claims she got the information from.
A number of people have also warned the public that Omarosa is a liar, including anti-Trump CNN analyst April Ryan, who used to be friends with the former aide but now says she is willing to do anything and say anything to get ahead. Now King, who knows Omarosa as well, has written the kind of opinion piece you’d never want written about yourself.