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Kim Kardashian West was one of so many who were moved by the case of Cyntoia Brown, a teenage victim of sex trafficking who escaped her rapist by shooting and killing him and has already served years in prison. Unlike most of us, however, Kardashian is in a position to actually help Brown, and has hired her a top-notch lawyer. She's also taken on the cause of Alice Johnson, "a 62-year-old grandmother and former FedEx worker... 21 years into a life sentence for her first-time, nonviolent drug conviction," per the NY Daily News. Both cases were publicized by the ACLU in a campaign to bring awareness to mass incarceration and have since gone viral, with many celebrities voicing their support for Johnson and Brown and dismay over the legal system's perceived failings.
"The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown," wrote Kardashian on November 21.
The lawyer she called is Shawn Holley, an LA-based attorney who has worked with high-profile clients like Nicole Richie and Tupac. She, along with Kim's father Robert Kardashian, was on the team of lawyers who helped O.J. Simpson win an acquittal in 1995 for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
“Kim asked me several weeks ago how she could help Alice Johnson in her fight for justice. We then began corresponding with Alice and her team of lawyers... Since then, Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved in that effort as well,” Holley told the NY Daily News.
“We were very, very appreciative of the fact that such an incredible number of celebrities would join our plea,” said Nashville-based lawyer Charles Bone, who has been working on Brown's case pro bono.
Hopefully Kim continues to use her wealth to do good. She can certainly afford it after her perfume made ten million in a day.