Two weeks ago, Donald Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson following a meeting with Kim Kardashian. Now, encouraged by the success of that situation, it seems Kardashian wants to take on more prison reform issues.
This weekend, she shared a link to a New York Times article about death row inmate Kevin Cooper and encouraged Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown of California to take another look at the DNA evidence in the case. Kardashian tweeted, "Governor Brown, can you please test the DNA of Kevin Cooper?"
Cooper currently sits on death row for a quadruple homicide that took place in 1983, but he has always maintained his innocence and some legal experts are skeptical of his involvement in the murders.
The writer of the New York Times opinion piece that Kardashian shared suggests that there is evidence police may have tampered with DNA.
"The evidence of police tampering is overwhelming," New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof writes. "When lawyers working on Cooper’s appeal asked for DNA testing on a T-shirt believed to belong to the killer, the lab found Cooper’s blood on the shirt—but also something astonishing: The blood had test tube preservative in it! In other words, it appeared to have come from the supply of Cooper’s blood drawn by the police and kept in a test tube."
So, does Kardashian plan to keep getting more politically active as time goes on? Appearing on CNN’s The Van Jones Show this weekend, Kardashian was asked about the possibility that she might formally get into politics and run for office at some point. "I guess never say never," she replied. Then she clarified, "But that’s not going to be like, 'Kim’s running.' That’s not where I am."
Discussing the success of the Alice Marie Johnson situation, Kardashian explained, "I honestly saw that if I could use my platform just to do something for one person. It opens the conversation for so much more and for other people to want to do the same thing." She added, "I just want to help, starting with one person at a time. I think sometimes if more people would just put their personal feelings aside and talk about really important issues that have to be discussed, then so much more can get done."