Trump Pardons Woman Convicted on Marijuana Charges

Last month, President Trump granted clemency to 11 different people in total, including Crystal Munoz.

donald trump and mike pence at the 2018 state of the union The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Trump recently pardoned a Texas Navajo woman convicted on marijuana charges.

Last month, President Trump granted clemency to 11 different people in total, including Crystal Munoz.

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Munoz was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana in 2007. 

She served over 12 years in a federal prison for allegedly drawing a map that was later used by marijuana distributors. 

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Munoz, a mother of two, contends in recent court filings that she had inadequate legal representation.

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Trump issued an official statement announcing the complete list of pardons and grants of clemency awarded on February 18th.  

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In addition to Munoz, Executive Grants of Clemency were also granted to Rod Blagojevich, Tynice Nichole Hall, and Judith Negron. 

The list of those given Full Pardons includes Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Michael Milken, Ariel Friedler, Bernard Kerik, Paul Pogue, David Safavian, and Angela Stanton.

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The White House announcement reads, in part, “Crystal Munoz has spent the past 12 years in prison as a result of a conviction for having played a small role in a marijuana smuggling ring. During this time, she has mentored people working to better their lives, volunteered with a hospice program, and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to rehabilitation.”

This isn’t the first time that Trump has pardoned a case involving non-violent drug charges.

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Back in 2018, at the urging of Kim Kardashian, President Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson.

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A non-violent drug offender, Johnson was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to possess cocaine.

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Trump commuted the remaining length of Johnson’s sentence; at the time that she was pardoned, she had already served 21 years in prison. 

In fact, Johnson and Munoz were imprisoned together for several years at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell Satellite Camp, a federal prison in Forth Worth, Texas. 

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Fellow churchgoers, the two became close while in prison. 

In Johnson’s own words, Munoz was “one of my prison daughters.”

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Said Johnson, “We did a lot of crying and a lot of praying together for things to change for us.”

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Munoz’s case was brought before the White House after Trump requested that Johnson prepare “a list of others deserving clemency.”

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Johnson recently gave an interview to the Associated Press, saying, “Kim made a difference going to the White House fighting for me, so if I can fight for something I definitely wasn’t going to turn that opportunity down.”

After being informed of her impending release from prison, said Munoz, “I didn’t imagine how I would feel, I was in shock. I couldn’t speak, I started shaking. My mind is so overwhelmed right now, I can’t think. I’m looking forward to helping and being there for my family.”

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Johnson (@AliceMarieFree) tweeted in response to the announcement, “Anyone who thinks that Judith Negron, Tynice Nichole Hall, and Crystal Munoz should not have been granted clemency have not looked at their cases. So glad that President @realDonaldTrump looked at their cases and brought them home.”

For more details on who President Trump pardoned and why, check out this recent New York Times article

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