Kim Kardashian’s Latest Project: Freeing Convicted Murderer Kevin Keith
In 2018, reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian helped to free first-time non-violent offender Alice Johnson from a life in prison. In May, Kardashian funded a campaign to free 17 more inmates serving life sentences.
As Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans will tell you, Kim has always had an interest in social justice. But after her experience with Johnson, Kardashian’s decided to dedicate a portion of her life to helping others like her.
This year, Kardashian revealed that she’s studying to be a lawyer through California’s apprenticeship program. Her goal is to take the bar in 2022.
Why exactly? The more educated she is, the more people she can help.
“The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency,” she told Vogue, “and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, s***. I need to know more. I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”
Kim Kardashian is working to free convicted murderer Kevin Keith
While studying for the bar and maintaining her various businesses, Kardashian has decided to take on a new case.
Earlier this week, she posted on her social accounts about a chat she had with convicted murderer Kevin Keith.
“I heard about Kevin Keith’s case last year & the more I learn about it, the more I believe the world needs to hear what happened to him!” Kardashian wrote along with a link to a CleveScene story about the case. “He was on death row & came w/in days of execution before the governor of Ohio commuted his sentence to life w/o parole.”
She also posted a link to a documentary that’s being made about Keith’s story.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Keith through a video visit & was so impressed w/ the amazing programs he created in prison to help others inside better themselves,” said Kardashian. “So much evidence has been uncovered proving Kevin’s innocence. I hope justice is served soon & he is released.”
Keith has been in prison since 1994. He was convicted of killing Marichell Chatman, Marchae Chatman and Linda Chatman, according to Cleveland.com. Keith was sentenced to die. But in 2010, less than two weeks before his execution date, then-Governor Ted Strickland mitigated his sentence to life in prison due to new concerns about the fairness of Keith’s trial.