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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has publicly endorsed Meek Mill’s efforts to be released from prison. The governor’s support comes days after Philadelphia’s District Attorney said he would not oppose the rapper’s probation violation appeal.
“I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill),” Wolf tweeted on Friday. “Our criminal justice system is in need of repair. That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety, and promote fairness.”
Meek is currently serving a two-to-four year sentence for violating his probation for a decade-old gun charge. He went to prison in November after Judge Genece Brinkley put him in prison against the prosecutor’s suggestions.
“We are grateful for the Governor’s support of Meek Mill and this is further indication that Meek should not spend another minute in jail,” said attorney Joe Tacopina.
Tacopina added that Brinkley has yet to respond to his filing to release Mill. Meek’s team also filed a second motion requesting that Brinkley be removed from his case.
“Never in my career have I ever seen a Governor and District Attorney publicly state that a defendant should be granted bail, yet Meek still remains wrongfully imprisoned.”
Brinkley says she plans to sue for defamation after being accused of showing bias against Meek in retaliation for a previously failed business deal, according to Philly.com
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