After a judgement of 2-4 years in prison for rapper Meek Mill, hundreds of high profile activists, celebrities and supporters took to streets to protest, singing Dreams and Nightmares.
Dreams and Nightmares: Meek Mill Seems to Be Living His Own Version
Mill’s fans and music colleagues held a rally to show him support by singing Dreams and Nightmares – one of his famous songs. Having been incarcerated in 2008, the song was released in 2012 to portray Mill’s going from handcuffs to a Rolex watch on is wrists.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s Hands Are Tied over Mill’s Sentencing
Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley on Monday sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison for various parole violations since 2008. The famous rapper’s troubles began when he was caught with drugs and a gun that year.
He was sentenced briefly to prison and when he violated his probation in 2014, he was given another five-month prison term. Mills has committed several other violations that have pitched him against Judge Brinkley, pushing the judge to sentence him to two to four years behind bars.
Mill’s supporters put up an online petition at Change.org to pressure the judge into revising her sentence on the rapper. The petition generated over 60,000 signatures within 24 and has now reached over 400,000 signatures since Monday.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was also joined in the petition so that he could overturn the sentencing, but his office revealed that the governor’s hands are tied under Pennsylvania law from intervening in a specific case.
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Judge Brinkley’s Sentencing Is “Unjust and Heavy-Handed,” Jay-Z
Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, said the musician appreciates all the supports and thanks everyone for rallying behind him. Tacopina says he is going to fight the sentencing up to the court of appeal if the governor is not able to help.
He said he might also reach out to the state’s Board of Pardons until his client’s sentencing is overturned or reviewed.
Big Names Came Out to Support Meek Mill & Sing Dreams and Nightmares
Some of the public activists and musicians who have rallied behind Mill are:
- Rick Ross
- Malcolm Jenkins of Philadelphia Eagles
- Julius Erving of Philadelphia 76ers
- Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaeperinck
- Several other rappers and musical geniuses
Jay Z said in a statement:
“The sentence handed down by the judge – against the recommendation of the assistant district attorney and probation officer – is unjust and heavy-handed.
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.”