Petition Asks Governor to Reevaluate Meek Mill’s ‘Harsh’ Sentencing
A new petition was launched following Meek Mill being sentenced to four years in prison for violating his parole. The appeal on Change.org is asking for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to reevaluate the Philadelphia rapper’s recent sentencing.
The fan petition reads in part:
In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth. He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities.
This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for your reconsideration of his sentence.
As we previously reported, Mill was sentenced two to four years for violating his probation on Monday (Nov. 6). JAY-Z, along with many rappers in the hip-hop community, felt the sentencing was "unjust" and "heavy-handed."
In an interview with Billboard, Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, said the judge, Genece Brinkley, has a vendetta against him. Tacopina also claims the judge requested that Mill re-record the Boyz II Men's song "On Bended Knee" and shout her out, among other things.
"She's enamored with him," he said. "She showed up at his community service for the homeless people. She showed up and sat at the table. She's a judge. You could pull any judge in America and ask them how many times they've showed up at a community service for a probation and the answer is zero."
The Meek Mill petition has secured over 44,000 signatures with the goal set to 50,000. If you want to sign the petition, head over to Change.org.