Mill, born Robert Williams, changed into sentenced closing week to two to 4 years in prison for violating his probation inside the wake of a 2008 gun and drug case. His critics have lashed out at the sentencing decide, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, and his protection legal professionals have pledged to appeal, although no such challenge has been filed.
Since the surprising sentence, Mill has had some of prominent, vocal backers come forward which include song figures as massive as Jay-Z. A Change.Org petition calling for a evaluate of Mill’s pardon application has racked up over 342,000 signatures.
The decide revoked his probation in the wake of clean arrests for the North Philadelphia local. Meek Mill pleaded guilty in October to reckless using fees in Manhattan after using a dust bike on town streets. He was additionally arrested for combating in St. Louis in March, however the ones costs were dropped.
Neither the prosecutor nor Mill’s probation officer advocated prison time inside the case.
On Saturday, celebrity Philadelphia comic Kevin Hart joined a refrain of supporters, posting a video to Instagram asking his fans to signal the Change.Org petition.
We’re “simply trying to get this sentence re-evaluated,” Hart stated. “It’s just not honest. The guy’s no longer perfect … Anytime a district attorney and a probation officer says this guy does no longer should go to jail, do no longer sentence this guy to jail and [the judge still does it,] it’s non-public.”
“I stand for Meek Mill,” tweeted fellow Philadelphian Black Thought, MC of the The Roots, whose criminal call is Tariq Trotter. “I desire my metropolis does the identical.”