The public support for Meek Mill being released from prison is growing and now, celebrities and fans aren’t the only ones thinking she shouldn’t be behind bars.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf took to Twitter to show his support for the Philly rapper. He responded to a Philly.com tweet about Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s filing that Meek’s conviction should be reversed.
I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill). 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. https://t.co/f8s3JjGOuP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 23, 2018
But more needs to be done. I am calling on the PA General Assembly to pass the Justice Reinvestment II reforms to the criminal justice system, which help address issues from arrest, trial, sentencing, incarceration, to post-release.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 23, 2018
"I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill),” he wrote. “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 Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina used the newfound support from the highest office in his client’s home state as fuel to issue a new statement encouraging full dismissal of Meek’s conviction.
“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," it reads, in part. "Following the District Attorney’s response to our filing, we immediately wrote to Judge Genece Brinkley and she has yet to respond. 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.”
Meek Mill was imprisoned late last year after a reported parole violation stemming from an arrest from over 10 years ago. The officer who arrested Meek has a history of corruption and was once investigated by federal authorities. The public hopes that the shady circumstances get Meek freed as they filed a petition back in November to have Governor Wolf reevaluate his case.
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