Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Creates Petition to Reevaluate Meek Mill's Sentence

Posted November 11, 2017

The ferocity of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley's sentence shocked many based on the minor nature of Mill's crimes and numerous probation officers, attorneys, and other legal authorities from Mill's native Philadelphia recommending no jail-time.

Popular rapper Meek Mill sits behind bars in the Philadelphia suburbs after a judge sentenced him to two to four years for violating probation in a almost decade-old gun and drug case. While there is some confusion online about whether the petition was started by Wolf, it's clearly addressed to him and the petition states it will be delivered to Wolf. "We fully intend to right this bad wrong and bring him home", McMonagle said.

Tacopina told the New York Times that Brinkley behaved inappropriately over the course of the case, including giving the rapper unsolicited advice about who should manage his career and asking Mill to include her name in a song.

In addition to that whole Boyz II Men thing, Tacopina says Brinkley is "infatuated" with his client.

"Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth", the petition states.

The transcript of that closed proceeding also was sealed at Mill's and DeSimone's requests.

Mill was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he became a key figure in the local hip-hop scene before gaining national recognition.

When the cameraman informs T.I. about the whole "Boyz-2-Men" incident (in which the judge reportedly asked Meek to cover Boyz-2-Men, shouting her out in the process), he replies with incredulity, chuckling at the ridiculousness of it all. He was not available for comment Wednesday on the status of that appeal.

Brinkley cited a failed drug test, as well as a failure to comply with a court order restricting the rapper's travel and two unrelated arrests earlier this year - for an airport fight and reckless driving charge - as reasons for her sentencing, which was handed down despite a prosecutor's recommendation that Mill not be imprisoned for the violations. Maybe she's jealous of him. At the time, he threw himself on the mercy of the court, telling Brinkley, "I'm human, I'm not ideal".

Meek was arrested twice this year while on probation for charges stemming from a drug and weapons case.