Jailed rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison after months of chaos and confusion regarding the basis for his incarceration.
The outcry has transcended race, industry, walks of life, people all over the world have demanded his release.
At the center of the controversy, is an extremely polarizing judge that threw Mill back in the slammer last November due to a parole violation.
He was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in what was viewed as a harsh penalty considering the facts.
Much has been made of his the length of the sentence, and the actions of the judge
“Reports alleged that there was an investigation by the FBI into the conduct of the judge presiding over his case. This was later publicly acknowledged by Mill’s defense team.
Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, made several allegations of inappropriate statements and actions from the judge, including that “she requested he re-record a Boyz II Men song and shout her out, and how she wanted him to leave Roc Nation to sign with a friend of hers” and that “She showed up at his community service” when a typical judge would not do that, among several other irregularities”
Suffice to say, the judge presiding over the case made some seriously unethical decisions, her conduct opened the door for Mr. Mill to breathe free air.
Because lets face it, there is a reason Meek Mill had been on parole going on 10 years.
From the time Mr. Mill was 18 years old, he has been in and out of police custody, his rap sheet is unbelievable, and of course he could be considered a product of his environment, of struggle, but there is circumstances within his track record that are nothing short of conscious decisions.
He has been tied to assault, hoarding weapons, murder, drug dealing, and then there is reports that he wasn’t cooperating with court mandated sanctions, so he wasn’t even trying to reform himself.
Meek Mill violated the conditions of his parole several times, to the point that his parole never expired, it instead was extended for an addtional five years.
Cry me a river, Mr. Mill has himself to blame for this entire predicament, he put himself in a position to be at the mercy of a deeply conflicted judge.
He was originally released from prison in 2009, and there has been little indication between then and now that he has reformed himself.
He was caught with a gun in an airport, while on parole, that is dangerous, and irresponsible, irregardless if someone is on parole or not.
Mill being released from prison is being hailed as a great day for justice, proof that African Americans have a chance in this country despite the a system that is rigged against them.
I am not hating on Mr. Mill, but I won’t turn a blind eye to his machinations over the last decade, the chain of events that led us to this point.
To be honest, it reminds me of the cheering that went on when OJ was found not guility by a Los Angeles jury.
People were cheering because OJ was black, not because they felt he was innocent, the anger at the police (and the justice system) clouded the judgement of millions.
I fear that is the case here.