A decide sentenced rapper Meek Mill to 2 to 4 years in jail for a probation violation Monday, drawing outcry from fellow entertainers and the hip-hop world.
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed,” Jay-Z wrote Monday on Facebook. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation manages Mill, has been a vocal supporter of prison justice reform. He produced the docu-series “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” and collaborated with the New York Times for a video op-ed in regards to the conflict on medicine.
Mill’s probation violations stem from a 2008 drug and gun conviction, for which he served eight months. The Philadelphia rapper, born Robert Williams, has since been out and in of Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley’s courtroom for violating probation guidelines.
He was arrested twice in 2017, together with for a March combat in a St. Louis airport (the costs had been later dropped in trade for group service). The rapper was additionally charged with reckless driving after video of him doing dirt-bike stunts on Manhattan streets was posted on-line.
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The metropolis prosecutor didn’t advocate imprisonment, saying Mill has been clear from medicine since January and has proven private development because the unique crime, the Associated Press reported.
Brinkley responded by saying that the prosecutor was too new to the case and that Mill simply “does what he wants.”
“I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley advised Mill, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” Mill advised Brinkley, in line with the Inquirer. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.” Mill sought therapy this 12 months for a Percocet dependancy.
Brinkley additionally cited him for scheduling concert events exterior of Montgomery County, Pa., after her Aug. 17 ruling barred such journey, in line with the Inquirer, and a failed drug take a look at, AP reported.
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Mill was placed on home arrest for 90 days final 12 months for a probation violation. He served 5 months in 2013 and noticed his probation prolonged for one more decade after failing to report back to his probation officer and getting approval for journey.
After the decide’s ruling, Mill was taken into custody.
Monday’s sentence got here as a shock; it was the primary such listening to earlier than Brinkley at which neither Mill’s probation officer nor the town prosecutor really helpful jail time, in line with the Inquirer. When requested by reporters whether or not he’d enchantment the sentence, protection legal professional Brian J. McMonagle stated, “You’re goddamned right I am.”
Under the sentence, Mill wouldn’t be eligible for parole for no less than two years. Sending him to jail, he reportedly stated throughout the listening to, would kill his music profession.
Mill supporters had been outraged on the sentence’s size, evaluating it with different high-profile prison circumstances that yielded shorter or no jail time.
Praying for @meekmill and his household!!! Crazy how unhealthy the system is SMH
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) November 7, 2017
meek mill will probably be serving an extended jail sentence than convicted rapist brock turner
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 7, 2017
“More proof that our criminal justice system is a joke,” Philadelphia Eagles extensive receiver Torrey Smith tweeted. “Throwing folks in jail for 2-4 years for misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money . . . too long.”
“It’s like this double standard justice system man is just . . . I don’t even have the words now y’all. #FreeMeek,” Questlove tweeted.
“Praying for my brother Meek Mill right now,” Kevin Hart wrote on Instagram. “God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest shoulders.”
“Saddened, angered, and disappointed,” tweeted Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg.