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Entertainment Meek Mill says he "would be in prison" without high-profile support

19:11  08 may  2018
19:11  08 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Robert Kraft Calls Meek Mill "A Great Guy" After Visiting Him In Prison

  Robert Kraft Calls Meek Mill Patriots owner Robert Kraft, of all people, and 76ers owner Michael Rubin visited Meek Mill in Pennsylvania prison today, where the Philly rapper is currently serving time for a probation violation. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, of all people, and 76ers owner Michael Rubin visited Meek Mill in Pennsylvania prison today, where the Philly rapper is currently serving time for a probation violation. Kraft talked to the media afterward and—if you adjust your standards for his wealth, age, and race— actually made a coherent point about mass incarceration.

Rapper Meek Mill is pushing for criminal justice reform after his own controversial legal troubles. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered Mill to be released

I would be in prison ." "I'm just lucky to have people of power and much influence to stand behind me and speak up," he said . Mill is appealing that conviction. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison plus eight years probation. Many activists claim Mill 's treatment was unfair and harsh.

Rapper Meek Mill is pushing for criminal justice reform after his own controversial legal troubles. In his first live TV interview since being released from prison, Mill told "CBS This Morning" he "doesn't care about being a face" of the movement for reform.

"This happens to minorities on a daily basis where they don't have a voice, and I just came from – it's almost like cities…inside prisons where people have no contact with the world," Mill said on Tuesday. 

Meek Mill Tells Lester Holt He Always Thought His Probation Would Bring Him Back to Prison

  Meek Mill Tells Lester Holt He Always Thought His Probation Would Bring Him Back to Prison Rapper Meek Mill has been involved in a lengthy court battle after being imprisoned for violation of probation. The arrest has not slowed the 30-year-old performer down -- just April 9, he shared a video for his 2017 track “1942 Flows.” On Thursday (April 12), NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will air the rapper’s latest interview in which he discusses how the initial arrest 10 years ago has impacted his life.Meek Mill has been involved in a lengthy court battle after being imprisoned for violation of probation late last year.

Having served his third prison sentence, Meek Mill has a new number-one album and a mission: to reform the criminal justice system. Meek Mill says he " would be in prison " without high - profile support - Продолжительность: 7:17 CBS This Morning 388 616 просмотров.

Rapper Meek Mill was released from prison after five months behind bars—but his battle for justice dates back nearly 10 years. Meek Mill says he " would be in prison " without high - profile support - Продолжительность: 7:17 CBS This Morning 386 760 просмотров.

Meek Mill wearing a suit and tie: 0508-ctm-meekmillqa-1563686-640x360.jpg © Credit: CBSNews 0508-ctm-meekmillqa-1563686-640x360.jpg Without the support of prominent names – including rapper Jay-Z, comedian Kevin Hart, Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft – Mill said, "I would be in prison. I would be in prison."

"I'm just lucky to have people of power and much influence to stand behind me and speak up," he said.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered Mill to be released from prison on bail two weeks ago. Back in November, a judge ordered him to serve up to four years for violating his probation after a 2008 conviction on drug and weapons charges. 

"Both the prosecutor at the time and the probation officer, who are both in charge of patrolling the sort of the jurisdiction of probation violation – both said he's been an exemplary probationer and these are technical violations. He doesn't belong in jail. The judge excoriated them and gave him two to four years on top of his already-served sentence for a crime he should never have been convicted of," Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, said. 

Mill is appealing that conviction. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison plus eight years probation. Many activists claim Mill's treatment was unfair and harsh. 

The musician is now calling for unity, saying the U.S. needs to "stand up and make America one." 

"'Cause I always explained it as being...two different Americas. And a lot of people they didn't understand what I was saying and I would just like to bring people together and make things work," Mill said. 

CBS News reached out to Mill's arresting officer, Reggie Graham, but have not heard back. 

Judge denies Meek Mill request for new trial, judge removal .
A judge in Philadelphia has denied Meek Mill's request for a new trial and the removal of another judge from the rapper's case. President Judge Leon Tucker told Mill in a Wednesday hearing that he doesn't have jurisdiction over the matter. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Mill's release from prison last month where he was serving a two- to four-year sentence on a probation violation related to a decade-old gun and drug conviction .Mill's lawyers want Judge Genece Brinkley removed from his case. They allege she's been waging a vendetta against the rapper, including sending him to prison for the probation violations.

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