‘This is a tragic example of injustice in the system’
Kim K’s pivot to criminal law may have come as a plot twist for many, but after helping to free 17 federal prisoners in the last three months, the modern cultural icon and reality TV star is showing a fervent passion for social justice. Yesterday (March 5), Kardashian announced her support for a man facing execution in Alabama, calling for officials to suspend the execution – pleas that sadly went ignored.
The man in question, Nathaniel Woods, 44, was convicted in 2005 for killing three police officers, but his co-defendant had confessed to pulling the gun’s trigger and denied Woods’ involvement.
“#NathanielWoods is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit,” tweeted Kardashian to her 63.7m followers. “Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution”.
Kardashian confirmed Wood’s fate by posting a letter to Twitter this morning (March 6), saying: “This is a tragic example of injustice in the system- in a few minutes Nate may die for a crime he did not commit.”
The court has lifted the temporary stay of execution for #NathanielWoods. The governor will NOT save his life. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 6, 2020
This is a tragic example of injustice in the system- in a few minutes Nate may die for a crime he did not commit. pic.twitter.com/mZPV7D8PPg
She later tweeted: “Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life.”
Following his execution, she simply tweeted: “RIP Nathaniel Woods”, accompanied by a dove emoji.
Kardashian has been training to become a criminal justice lawyer for nearly a year now, and has worked closely with inmates on death row. Earlier this week (March 4), she paid a visit to Donald Trump at The White House to talk about prison reform (because what even is life?).
Kardashian traveled to Washington in 2018 to ask the president to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, who was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time drug offense in 1997. On this occasion, Kardashian introduced him to three other prisoners he’s freed: Judith Negron, Crystal Munoz, and Tynice Hall.
Discussing the most recent cases on Twitter, Kardashian said: “President Trump commuted the sentences of three really deserving women. I didn’t hear much about it in the news, so I wanted to share with you their stories!”
This January, she confirmed that her doc, called Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project, would be out on April 5. While we eagerly await the documentary’s release, read the stories of the three women Kim K has helped to free here.