Outrage Mounts Over Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence

On Monday evening (Nov. 13), Meek Mill supporters, athletes, and peers flocked to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the embattled rapper’s recent sentencing. Protestors held signs that read “Justice For Meek” and launched into a chant of Meek’s 2012 debut LP title track “Dreams and Nightmares.”

According to a video from the rally, the packed crowd outside the Criminal Justice Center vehemently belted out the lyrics to the rapper’s song yelling, “Hold up, wait a minute. Y’all thought I was finished?/ When I bought that Aston Martin, y’all thought it was rented?/ Flexin’ on these n—-s, I’m like Popeye on his spinach.”

Amid mounting backlash over rapper Meek Mill‘s prison sentence, hundreds of activists and prominent personalities — including Rick Ross, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Julius Erving — gathered at Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Monday for a rally protesting the rapper’s imprisonment.

“(Meek)’s obviously despondent about his plight, so to speak, but also is encouraged by all the support,” Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, told CNN in a phone interview Monday night. “This is overwhelming to me, all the people who have come rallying behind him.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office told CNN that the governor’s hands are tied because he is “not able under PA law of intervening” in a specific case, as it was suggested in a Change.org petition.
The petition, which has been signed by more than 351,000 supporters of Mill by Monday night, initially called for Wolf to re-evaluate the Philadelphia rapper’s two- to four-year prison sentence. The petition has since been revised and addressed to the state’s Board of Pardons as well as Wolf.
“The pardon process in Pennsylvania is different than some other states and the federal government,” Wolf’s press secretary, J.J. Abbott, told CNN in an email Monday, alluding to the fact that in other states, a governor can evaluate cases without the involvement of a board.

What happened

Mill appeared in court last Monday after a pair of arrests this year — one for popping wheelies on a dirt bike and another for getting into a fight — that violated his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. He was sentenced to another five months in prison in 2014 after he violated his probation by performing out of state.
He received to two to four years in state prison last week by Judge Genece Brinkley, who cited a failed drug test and the rapper’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel.
(Excerpts) Read More at: Billboard.com and CNN.com
 
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Outrage Mounts Over Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence

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