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Kim Kardashian enlists celebrity lawyer to help with Cyntoia Brown, Alice Johnson cases

November 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Kim Kardashian enlists celebrity lawyer to help with Cyntoia Brown, Alice Johnson cases

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Kim Kardashian has enlisted top attorney Shawn Holley to assist with the clemency campaigns of Cyntoia Brown and Alice Johnson, two prisoners whose cases have recently gone viral.

“Kim asked me weeks ago how she could help Alice Johnson in her fight. We began corresponding with Alice and her team of lawyers,” Holley said in an interview with the Daily News.

“Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved,” Holley added.

Johnson, who is a 62-year-old grandmother, and former FedEx employee, has served 21 years of her life sentence for her first-time, nonviolent drug crime, according to the New York Daily News.

In the 1990s, she assisted members of a cocaine ring with communicating messages with each other. The mother of four from Tennessee took full responsibility for the offense twenty years ago, explaining it was a mistake she made after she was facing hard times.

“She has been a model prisoner and has the support of the warden, officials and a host of others in her bid for release,” Holley added.

The woman’s case was even chosen by an ACLU advertisement campaign to bring an end mass incarceration.

Brown, 29, has served over ten years in prison for shooting a 43-year-old man who employed her as a prostitute when she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim.

Last week, her story went viral on the internet, with celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, LeBron James and Snoop Dogg all pleading for justice.

Alice Marie Johnson is facing a life sentence without parole (Picture: Change.org)

“Something is wrong when the system enables rapists, and the victim is thrown away for life!” Rihanna said on social media.

The post included a picture of Brown and noted that she was trafficked by a pimp with the nickname Kut Throat. The woman was found guilty as an adult and won’t be up for parole until she’s 69.

“We were very appreciative of the fact that such an incredible number of celebrities joined our plea,” Nashville attorney Charles Bone, who accepted Brown’s case pro bono seven years ago, said to The New York Times. “She was thrilled that people cared.”

Holley, meanwhile, is a highly respected attorney in Los Angeles who has done work for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Katt Williams.

She was also a part of the “Dream Team” that won an acquittal for O.J. Simpson in the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend.

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