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Nov142017

Hundreds rally to protest Meek Mill sentence

Zachary Mazur/FilmMagicHundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to call for Meek Mill's prison sentence on probation violations to be overturned, reports Philly.com.

Among the speakers at the rally was Rick Ross who told the crowd that Meek's sentence "wasn’t simply a miscarriage of justice, it was an abortion of justice.”

Also speaking at the rally was Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving who quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in saying, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Last week, Meek was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation in a 2008 gun and drug case. The sentence came after two probation violations this year when Meek pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving in New York City for driving a dirt bike on city streets. He was also arrested in March in connection with a fight at a St. Louis airport.  Charges in that case were dropped but even an arrest can be a probation violation.

Although neither the prosecutor nor Meek's probation officer recommended prison time, Philly.com reports, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley imposed the sentence.

Meek's attorney has said he plans to appeal the sentence.

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