Kim Kardashian visited President Donal Trump at the Oval Office again. This time, it was on behalf of Chris Young, a convicted drug dealer who was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment by former U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp. Sharp also attended the Oval Office meeting. Both are seeking clemency for Young.
According to channel24.co.za, at the ages of 18 and 19, Young had been convicted in state court of possessing small amounts of marijuana and cocaine. Both convictions resulted in probation with no prison time, but for federal purposes, he was a convicted felon. When he was 22, Young was rounded up with about 30 other people who were involved in the buying and selling of small amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine. As per Judge Sharp, the arrests involved “several low level folks handling small quantities.” Young was one of those people. He was described by the judge as being “barely on the totem pole.” He later rejected several harsh plea offers and went to trial. He was convicted of conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute 500 grams of cocaine, intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm as a felon and knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Prosecutors asked for an enhanced sentence, and Young was sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Sharp didn’t want to sentence Young to life in prison, but the law required him to do so. According to the Washington Examiner, at Young’s sentencing hearing, Sharp described the sentence as being “way out of whack” compared to what other co-conspirators’ sentences. He said that since he was the judge who heard Young’s case, “Nobody probably knows the case better than I do.” He resigned from his lifetime appointment as a federal judge last year, and he’s now aligned with Kardashian on the Young case. Before this meeting with the president, Kardashian was in the Oval Office in June of 2018 on behalf of drug convict Alice Johnson. Her life sentence for a first-time drug offense was commuted by Trump. To date, he has been far more generous on clemency issues than other presidents before him.