Washington: US President Donald Trump has pardoned a woman who had praised him the night before at the Republican National Convention.
Trump pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, who had spent more than two decades serving life without parole for a non-violent drug offence.
She had been convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation. Trump had commuted her life sentence in federal prison in 2018, which allowed her early release.
Unlike a pardon, the commutation did not erase Johnson’s conviction — it only ended her sentence.