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Trump pardons woman who praised him in convention speech

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.

President Donald Trump said Alice Johnson had done an "incredible job" since her release.

President Donald Trump said Alice Johnson had done an “incredible job” since her release.Credit:AP

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.

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