Oct 19, 2019

Kim Kardashian pleads for clemency for Texas death row inmate on Twitter

Kim Kardashian West. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian West used her social media prowess on Saturday to urge Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to halt a death row inmate’s scheduled execution.

"Please @GovAbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicate the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING."
— Kim Kardashian West

Why it matters: Kardashian, one of the world's most recognizable reality TV stars, has the influence to propel cases into the national spotlight. She has 62 million Twitter followers, and has used her show, "Keeping up with the Kardashians," to highlight some of the cases she's supported, such as the case of Alice Marie Johnson.

  • She's previously spoken about the criminal justice system with President Trump, and has helped commute other inmates' sentences.

Context: Kardashian is now advocating on behalf of Rodney Reed, who has been in prison for 21 years for murder.

  • Since his initial trial, DNA evidence associated with the murder weapon has emerged, exonerating Reed from the crime, according to the Innocence Project. His execution date is set for Nov. 20.

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527 Oklahoma inmates to be freed in largest commutation in U.S. history

El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images.

Hundreds of inmates in Oklahoma left their cells Monday and were sent home to their families, CNN reports.

Why it matters: It was the largest mass commutation in U.S. history, part of a broad criminal justice reform effort being undertaken by Oklahoma. A total of 527 inmates in prison for non-violent and low-level crimes had their sentences commuted Friday, with 65 still held on detainers and set to be released at a later date.

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The GOP's nightmare scenario

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A growing number of Republicans are privately warning of increasing fears of a total wipeout in 2020: House, Senate, and White House.

Why it matters: All of this is unfolding while the economy still looks strong, and before public impeachment proceedings have officially begun.

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New book claims that Kim Jong-un views Trump as father figure

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Author Doug Wead claims in his new book, "Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency," that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is "fascinated by Donald Trump" and even views the U.S. president as a father figure, according to Fox News.

Why it matters: The book ⁠— set to be released on Nov. 26 ⁠— offers a look into Trump and Kim's relationship in the aftermath of unsuccessful denuclearization talks, with tensions mounting over a new round of North Korean missile tests. Wead interviewed Trump on North Korea and read some of the personal letters exchanged between the president and Kim.

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