Rev. Al Sharpton Visits Meek Mill, Urges Judge to 'Reconsider'

Rev. Al Sharpton Visits Meek Mill, Urges Judge to 'Reconsider'

Rev. Al Sharpton Visits Meek Mill, Urges Judge to 'Reconsider'

The 30-year-old Philadelphia native was sentenced this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case.

According to court documents, Mill tried to get the higher court to release him.

Mill was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault in March after an altercation at St. Louis International Airport. Meek Mill is behind bars at the Chester State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania. Mill's probation officer and a prosecutor had recommended that he not be jailed.

Brinkley imprisoned Mill, 30, after a drug test came back dirty for the prescription narcotic Percocet and he racked up arrests for a St. Louis airport altercation and popping a wheelie on a dirt bike in NY.

An emergency petition to get Meek Mill free on bail was denied Tuesday - but Pennsylvania's Superior Court ordered his judge to stop stalling on his appeal motion. "He really said, 'Reverend, if nothing else, let people understand what this system does.'" Sharpton met with the rapper for about two and a half hours. The rapper and his legal team have filed an appeal as well as a motion to have Judge Genece Brinkley removed from the case because they feel she has some sort of personal vendetta against Meek, especially because he rejected her offer to drop his management company, Roc Nation, and sign with her friend's. In February 2016, Mill was placed on a 90-day house arrest for violating his probation.

Activists and celebrities, such as rapper Drake and comedian Kevin Hart, have spoken out in support of Mill.

In a Facebook post, rapper Jay-Z called the sentence "unjust and heavy handed".

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