LL Cool J Wants President Obama to Pardon Big Meech and Southwest T Before He Leaves Office
LL Cool J wants President Obama to pardon brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory of BMF.
In an impassioned, lengthy Instagram post yesterday (Jan. 8), LL made the case for Big Meech and Terry to be pardoned because they were incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses.
“If they were pardoned I’m sure they would do the right thing,” LL wrote. “It’s a matter of character. From the outside looking in I think they both have it. Although they set what some would call a negative example I think the second chapter of their lives could potentially bring a lot of healing and inspiration to a down trodden community and show all our citizens that the USA is a country where second chances are possible.”
Big Meech was arrested in connection to the shooting death of former Sean “Diddy” Combs bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones but was later cleared on self-defense, and while there were reportedly murders associated with BMF, neither Meech or Terry were ever charged with those crimes. They are currently serving a 30 year prison sentence.
Obama is being pressured by public advocacy groups to pardon several high-profile people during his last two weeks in office, Edward Snowden among them. The pressure for pardons is likely linked to Obama’s legacy as the most generous grantor of clemency ins modern presidential history—he’s granted 148 presidential pardons in his time in office, a number that exceeds the combined total of the last six presidents.
Even still, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll pardon the Flenory brothers but then, the 2016 presidential election definitively proved that stranger things have happened.
Check out L.L.’s Instagram post below.
I think these two guys who are both products of my generation could do a lot of good in the community if they were pardoned. They were incarcerated for non violent drug offenses.if they were pardoned I'm sure they would do the right thing. It's a matter of character. From the outside looking in I think they both have it. Although they set what some would call a negative example I think the second chapter of their lives could potentially bring a lot of healing and inspiration to a down trodden community and show all our citizens that the USA is a country where second chances are possible. I don't condone what they did but I understand why they did it. The inner city is is a rough place to be born and raised. Temptation is everywhere tempting us to find a fast way to escape poverty. This is nothing new, but still very true. I really think these guys along with some of the guys they were incarcerated with should have their cases reviewed. They should receive either a full pardon or at a minimum a sentence reduction. 30 years for a "non violent" charge no matter how large the case may be; Still feels heavy handed to me. Let's all hope it happens for them. Keep your heads up fellas. I'm praying for you. I love our country. I believe this would be a just decision. Pardon Meech and Terry Flenory. #forgiveness #justice #mercy