Kim Kardashian is forging ahead on her mission to transform the criminal justice system. On Thursday, the 38-year-old beauty mogul went to San Quentin Prison in California, and spent several hours inside a cell with Kevin Cooper, who was convicted of murdering four people, including two children.
She posted shots of herself with Cooper on social media, writing: “I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted.”
Photographs of Kardashian were also taken outside of the prison, but members of her team told The Blast that she didn’t arrange the photographs and that she was visiting in her attorney capacity. The reality star is interning at a San Francisco law firm that is representing him. Members of the paparazzi agency that snapped the shots tell The Blast that they believed they were shooting from a legal distance (it’s a grey area because photographs are often not allowed at or near prisons unless approved of by officials).
Cooper was accused of killing four members of a family with a hatchet; the surviving family member who was 8 at the time told responders that his attackers were white; Cooper is black. Cooper was a convicted burglar and had escaped from a nearby prison two days before the murders, according to reports.
He has maintained his innocence since his arrest in 1983. In October, Kardashian asked then-Governor Jerry Brown to look into the case as it appeared that Cooper had been framed. Brown, and current Governor Gavin Newsom ordered further DNA testing.