CNN anchor Don Lemon made a pilgrimage to a Pennsylvania prison to visit Robert Rihmeek Williams, aka rapper Meek Mill, who is serving 2-4 years for violating the terms of his probation. Lemon, 52, visited Williams on Friday to put some money on his books in exchange for a call-in interview.
Lemon tweeted a photo of himself walking out of the prison after meeting with the troubled 30-year-old rapper on Friday.
Lemon expressed sympathy for Williams, who violated his probation 5 times before the judge threw the book at him.
Lemon said Williams was an example of racial discrimination and injustice against black men in America.
But not everyone is sympathetic of Williams or Lemon's attempts to drum up more support for him.
Twitter.com user Jay Hunt tweeted:
"Don! It's ridiculous to think this guy has been treated unfairly. Fights, reckless driving, and unauthorized out of state travel all while on probation. How is a long prison sentence anyone's fault but his own? Damn man! Save your airtime for a cause more deserving."
Williams suffered another legal setback on Monday, when Judge Genece Brinkley refused the Philadelphia district attorney's request to drop the original weapons charge from 2008.
The prosecutor's office agreed to grant Williams a new trial due to questions surrounding the arresting officer's credibility.
Williams and his attorney met with Judge Brinkley on Monday to ask her to free him on bail, but she refused. She scheduled a new hearing date for June, which means Williams will sit in prison until then.
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