With Kim Kardashian in the midst of earning a law degree, on Friday she gave fans a sneak peek at her future as a crusading attorney when she met with a death row inmate in California’s San Quentin State Prison.
As TMZ reports, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star paid a visit to the notorious prison to meet with Kevin Cooper, who received a death sentence after being convicted off killing four people in Chino Hills, California, during the 1980s.
For three decades, Cooper has maintained his innocence, insisting he was framed, while his legal team maintains that key evidence in the case improperly analyzed and needs to be retested. In addition, reports a New York Times podcast, evidence used to secure the conviction has “largely been discredited,” while the sole survivor of the attack identified the perpetrators as three white men — not a solitary black man (Cooper is African-American).
Last year, the 38-year-old reality star tweeted to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging that Cooper’s DNA be retested; Brown’s successor, Gov. Gavin Newsom, followed through in February 2019, ordering that new DNA testing be done.
While Newsom reportedly awaits the results, Kardashian — who wore a modest black jumpsuit — spent two hours with Cooper, the first face-to-face meeting she’s had with him.
According to TMZ, after meeting with Cooper, Kardashian “is more convinced than ever he was framed.”
In the meantime, Cooper is not facing imminent action on his death sentence; Newsom, who opposes the state’s death penalty, has suspended all executions.
If Kardashian can successfully overturn Cooper’s sentence, he will become the 18th wrongfully convicted person to be freed from prison in recent weeks due to her efforts, after she and her legal team were able to free 17 people who were serving time for low-level drug convictions.
Following TMZ’s report, Kardashian took to Twitter to share a photo from her meeting with Cooper — and her thoughts about his proclamations of innocence.
“I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row,” she wrote. “I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.”
ET Canada has reached out to Kardashian’s rep.