Meek Mill Receives Legal Pardon from Governor of Pennsylvania
Rapper Meek Mill has received a legal pardon from the governor of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia rapper posted on his Instagram account on Thursday January 12, 2023, to share a certificate signed by Governor Tom Wolf, outlining his prior convictions and the decision for him to be relieved of the legal consequences resulting from them.
“The Board of Pardons, after full hearing, upon due public notice, and in open session, have recommended to me, in writing, with the reason therefor, the pardon of the said Robert R. Williams which recommendation and reasons have been filed in the office of the Lieutenant Governor,” the certificate reads.
“Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State, at the City of Harrisburg, this 12th day of January in the year of our Lord 2023. By the governor, Tom Wolf.”
Meek Mill wrote in the caption of his post: “Thankyall 🥲 I’m only gone do more for my community on god! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ #newlevelsunlocked”
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Meek Mill was one of 369 recipients of a pardon from Governor Wolf this week, bringing his total to 2,540 since being sworn into office in 2015.
“I have taken this process very seriously — reviewing and giving careful thought to each and every one of these 2,540 pardons and the lives they will impact,” he said in a statement. “Every single one of the Pennsylvanians who made it through the process truly deserves their second chance, and it’s been my honor to grant it.”
He continued: “A record prevents positive forward motion in a person’s life, and can spark a repetitive cycle of defeat. I firmly believe that with restored rights, pardoned Pennsylvanians prove themselves by stepping up and giving back to our communities.”
In December, Philadelphia County Superior Court Judge Genece Brinkley, who jailed Meek Mill for a probation violation in 2017 was accused of ethical misconduct.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Judge Brinkley was transferred to civil court and stripped of all her criminal cases, which were reassigned with growing concerns of unethical conduct.
Lawyers and other judges accused Brinkley of “imposing illegal sentences, allowing sentences to run past their maximum date, or failing [to] address cases remanded to her by higher courts” after reviewing her caseload.
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