Pennsylvania government officials delivered a blow to Meek Mill's supporters who launched a petition calling on the governor to overturn his recent prison sentence.

Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, to 2-4 years in prison last week after he failed a urine test and left the state without permission.

Mill will likely serve at least 2 years of his sentence since there is no provision for an early release. The 30-year-old troubled rapper repeatedly snubbed his nose at the law, and now he is paying the price.

Jay-Z was among Mill's celebrity friends who criticized the sentence as "too harsh".

A petition calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to pardon Mill has already garnered over 300,000 signatures.

But Pennsylvania officials say Gov. Wolf can not step in and reverse Mill's conviction unless the Board of Pardons compels him to.

"Pennsylvania law does not give the governor any unilateral power to review, reconsider or change a conviction," Wolf's press secretary, J.J. Abbott said. "The law provides for individuals to apply to the Board of Pardons, which makes recommendations to the governor."

So Mill's lawyer has applied to the Board of Pardons, but that might be a waste of time, as the application process can take up to three years. Mill will be out of prison by then -- if he is on his best behavior behind bars.

The moral of this story is: don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  • You Could Never

    Pennsylvania government officials delivered a blow to Meek Mill’s supporters who launched a petition calling on the governor to overturn his recent prison sentence.

    Penn governor was like: Blast your ass hit you with a direct blow
    Blow!! Coming through like G.I. Joe

    *sniggles like the dog in Duck Hunt*

  • Vonn

    Meek could have pardoned himself by obeying the law.

  • 5000BlinK

    Meek is actually starting to look like the capital letter L

  • davine puddin

    Although popping a wheelie and going to rehap shouldn't place you in jail for 2 to 4 years. However , if meek knew what type of person he was dealing with he should have been tip toeing through the forrest with her ass...if you know your work supervisor is always in your ass you either do right, transfer, or quit...

  • Karen Brady

    Meeks face is pretty in this pic.

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  • Jefferey Franklin

    Love these conversations that require Meek to take accountability for his actions, but completely overlook the inappropriate actions taken by the judge in his case.

    Nobody saying the guy is innocent, but he is being rail-roaded by the system. All these nobodies with the 2 cents are applauding yet another black man being done dirty by this crooked system and not requiring or demanding our legal system to take accountability for their own actions.

    And before you goofies get on your high horse. I am not caping for Meek Mill, I am saying that morality shoulnd't have to just fall on one side here. Don't shame the who is paying the time for his crime, while completely over looking the crime committed by those who gave him his sentence. If nothing else that judge should be dismissed from her position immediately.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Nicki somewhere laughing like hell

  • SexyScorpio

    You ain’t never lied

  • BorisBlack1

    Meek is an ignorant, wannabe bully and untalented clown who thought he was slick. He should have gotten better legal representation. Who is the hell, in their right mind, would agree to 10 years of probation in the first place?

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I don't wish prison on anyone, but Meek didn't take things seriously. I think the judge wanted to make an example out of Meek, so she did. If Meek wasn't a celeb, he would get the same sentence if a judge was tired of his shenanigans.

  • brownisback

    So he's gon miss out on the *cues music* Beans, greens, potatoes tomatoes............

  • unknown user

    Im going to be honest, i dont care. And im really trying to......

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Meh. While I do think that there is a,seperate justice system for white and brown people in America I don't feel sorry for him. He violated his probation. Several times. It just is what it is..

  • RealATLPeach36

    The moral is white men are sentence with a kiss on the cheek vs a black man a bullet to the head.

    Yes we ALL should follow the law, but we don't!

    I speed sometimes, should I get put in jail for doing 5 miles over the speed limit?

    My grandmom drives too damn slow should she get put in jail for doing 47 in a 50-70 speed limit? License should be revoked

    I mean geesh. Hell Manson still on death row, perhaps he can't die....he's the devil..but follow me he deserves death ?

  • RealATLPeach36

    She shouldn't with her NASTY Brother!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Thank you! the judge used his power........yes he was wrong but damn make it hard like..your PO has to travel with you....and double pay or something..I do not know but THIS TIME NO NO NO.
    I'm loving my black men even the one that do not deserve my love...maybe somewhere along the way if WE all do this we will be more united as a culture.

  • NeverSurprised

    As I tell people on this site all the time, laws vary widely from state to state. Just because your second-cousin-once-removed was able to get something overturned out in Podunk, USA, that does not mean those laws and court rules apply in every jurisdiction.

    If you want to stay out of prison, STOP breaking the law. If you are lucky enough to receive parole or probation, FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES laid out by the judge who threw you a bone, or you will end up back behind bars. I really don’t see why that’s so hard to understand.

  • TheOwley

    No one is saying to let him off completely, just to review the excessive time given. They should appeal this thing but go thought the right process if the governor is not it. He needs new aggressive pitbull attorneys.

  • Liah

    He has violated his probation SEVERAL times....He JUST went to court last year and the judge gave him an ADDTIONAL warning...There are ramifications for our actions...Meek knew this...He chose to do as he pleases...I believe that his case should be reviewed if what they are saying about the judge is correct...He did however know the consequences of his actions...

  • Li

    Privileged rapper. Is anybody watching Atlanta? That show tells you all you need to know about these poor-arse, broke-arse, high-faluting, privileged rappers.

  • Li

    Meek was warned. Enough said.

  • Shannypoo1976

    Celebrities get rich and start feeling like they are above the law. If you are blessed enough to become a millionaire, get your money, live a happy life and stay out of trouble. No sympathy here

  • rayne215

    I don't think meek needs a pardon but a review in the sentence, no One is saying he's some Angel but the sentence is harsh and if you read what he really did you would see that he don't deserve 2-4, hopefully he can get a appeal

  • Trace da Ace

    I'm with you on this one.......he is just going to have to do his time....that's all

  • rayne215

    You say that but if he wasn't a famous rapper he probably wouldn't be having these problems , Philly court system seems to be trying to make an example of him. He committed no crime he has no pending cases yet he deserves 2 years?

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  • my view

    so the failed drug tests and leaving the state without permission is ok? or speeding on a dirt bike in the middle of the street when your not even suppose to be in NYC is ok?

  • ohplease

    Good his entitled arse has had too many chances and he is too old to carry on the way he does! If it had been any regular Joe Schmoe or Tyronne Jackson they would have been locked up period! Justice served!!!!

  • my view

    but he did commit crimes and didn't care he was on probation

  • my view

    i just started watching the show on hulu and i'm so confused about the show. is it about paperboi or the cousin that can't get a job?

  • my view

    you do know they kept adding time every time he violated his probation. i don't know if what they're saying about this woman judge is true BUT he kept getting in trouble and they didn't throw him in jail they just kept adding time to his probation so how is this unfair?

  • nick c

    Not true any governor/president can commute a sentence on the spot pardon requires more hurdles and paperwork.

  • nick c

    The governor is playing word games he most definitely can commute his sentence.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    The reasons he is getting violated this time are for charges that were dropped ie, going to rehab and an incident in the airport, both of those charges were dismissed and should not have been held against him. He was wasn't dropping dirty in almost a year. I can't speak on "trouble" or say he should go to jail for things that he did that he did not get violated for. But that the charges he got violated last week are unfair in that aspect and spells a possible bias from the judge at hand.

  • disqus_Myg18hK5Cp

    No it’s not okay but would you agree that the sentencing fits the crime? What about in comparison to Brock Turner that got 3 months for rape? I* think we have to remember that Meek Mill is a non-violent offender and this is quite an unusual sentence when you consider that.

  • Mrs Trademark

    Yes keep his ass in jail. Learn from your mistakes. He is not above the Law. Plenty of New music in there to develop.

  • Desiree Edwards

    If Meek was just a regular Joe off the street, no one would be signing petitions! He's just another rapper that they are making an example of.
    What a dummy, I hope he doesn't drop the soap!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and you still going to jail ... ?

  • Elevated Soul

    Meek brought this on himself. I recall when he had his boys to attack Safaree Samuels,so he is finally getting his.

  • Elevated Soul

    This don't have a thing to do with Brock Turner.Black people have always been held to a different standard and Meek is old enough to know that.The only thing Meek had to do was not violate his probation but he did so multiple times.

    Sure Brock Turner got off light but he still is a registered sex offender,I do believe....If he's smart he won't break probation.

    Black apologists are always making excuses.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Byeeee MEEK..... YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW.... YOU HAD PLENTY OF CHANCES... BYEE MEEK... JAY Z IS NOT THE MIRACLE MAN AND IS NOT AS POWERFUL AS HE GOT YALL THINKING.. Hell folk tired of Jay Z and his bull shyt... He is only the ruler in Beyonces and 'em world. Even Kanye had enough balls to callout Jay... So serve your time and DONT DROP THE SOAP! NOW SNUB YOUR CELL MATE AND TRY AND WRITE 100 SONGS and keep your commesary stock for Big Tiny and the gang! Bye!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Nuccas serving 50 yrs for weed with no good representation under the 3 strike messy law... So GTFOH..

  • bella28498 .

    Sure he doesn't have any power, but I bet those special powers can activate if Meek was white.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    And one more thing.... BLACK FOLK STOP USING THE REASONG "well white man been getting away with it but when the blackman do it he wrong" excuse.. This has been going on since forever SO NEGROES NEED TO RECOGNIZE that this is nothing new. Ya know what we are up against so let's get it and stop giving kkkrakkkas ammunition. Flat foot there azz. Im no stick in the mud but I dayum sure stand strong come correct and let them know by representing for me when Im up against them by staying on the other side of there law and not giving themno room for error off the break. Stop smiling and grinning with the opposition and the crying foul when they stabb you in the back.

  • StayathomeMom

    Ahhh I can see this "happy ending". Meek will get a magazine in jail with a woman on it that he has to meet. Meek gets out of jail and BET pays for the wedding.....

  • StayathomeMom

    You are so correct. I am so tired of individuals glorying these celebs. I believe in giving chances but Rhimeek agreed to the terms outlined and violated them. He should have just made the damn song......

  • Kimberly

    Man he deserves that shit they act like he did nothing wrong man bye

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  • Lady_Elle

    As per Van Jones (Attorney) on Wendy Williams

    For some reason Meek is on parole for 12 years.
    Defense Attorney said let him go... District Attorney said give him time.
    Judge should be impartial.... NOT THROW THE BOOK AT HIM!

    Parole violations were:
    1. Hooked on Percocet (wisdom teeth removed) ~ went to rehab.
    The right thing to do!
    2. Popped a wheelie to entertain kids in Harlem.
    3. Broke up a fight... Police said he did the "RIGHT THING".


    Meek Mill is where he belongs, IN JAIL!! He was on parole and doing stupid crap........PERCOCET is a drug idiots!!

  • NeverSurprised

    Sorry, but you are incorrect. The Pennsylvania State Constitution governs the procedure for commutations. Volume III, Chapter 5, Procedure 5.01.01 of the Pennsylvania code states:

    “The Board of Pardons is the body designated by the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1874 (as amended in 1967) with the power to hear applications for the ... commutations of sentence, and pardons ... and to make recommendations to the governor as to the exercise of his power to commute sentences....The Board of Pardons reviews cases and only schedules hearing dates for those they decide to hear. After the public hearing, the Board of Pardons meets in executive session, later sending its favorable recommendations to the governor. The governor may either grant a commutation..., or refuse to grant a pardon or commutation despite a favorable recommendation of the Board of Pardons. However, the governor cannot act favorably when a negative recommendation has been made.”

    In layman’s terms, in PENNSYLVANIA, you first must make application to the board. The Board must have a public hearing. If the board agrees to the commutation request, they send it to the Governor, who can then either grant or deny the commutation request. But the governor doesn’t have the power to commute at all unless the Board first issues a favorable recommendation.

    Other states have different procedures, but in each case, the individual state constitution governs.

    (We pay a lot of money to attend law school for a reason.)


    If we as blacks only pay attention to US, and not worry about how white, hispanics, asians, are treated we could probably focus on our problems and fix them.

  • Dowoop

    Leaving the state without permission...What heroic activity was he doing that made him leave the state. If he wants to be an entertainer go to clown college, dont break the law!!

  • Dowoop

    He did the crime now his ass will do the time. Y'all pbly got this man thinking his ass gonna be let out.

  • Shannypoo1976

    So you got in trouble once and got a slap on the wrist (probation)
    You're still rich! So use that as a learning experience, get somewhere and stay out of trouble and enjoy ALL that money. Don't violate your probation and then expect sympathy....

  • Django the God

    I knew when he went at Drake, the bill would come due.

    I remember telling @nucynu25.

  • NeverSurprised

    No he can’t, not in Pennsylvania. The law in Pennsylvania is clear, the state constitution does not grant the Governor the power to commute a sentence without first receiving a favorable recommendation from the Board of Pardons. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Volume III, Chapter 5, Procedure 5.01.01.

  • hottlanta

    When they start privatizing prisons keep your azz on the straight and narrow

  • Lady M

    What is a wheelie and why did he have to pop it to entertain kids? If a wheelie is a drug then..... well there you have it.

  • Howard Alum ?

    I don’t feel sorry for violate probation they extend continue to violate probation..eventually the judge will make you sit in jail and think about your actions..all that money and you still get in trouble.. if no money joe can get off papers, so can he. It’s simple ?????

  • Lady_Elle

    Motorcycle? Growing up they used bikes.

  • Lady_Elle

    I don't know much about Meek... I'm not a fan.
    Good point!

  • NeverSurprised

    And when the operation of a dirt bike on any public street in NY is illegal?

  • pure_rachet

    No dentist I know would give percocet for Wisdom teeth. I had percocet when I had foot surgery. It is a hell of a drug. Only Vicoden after a they botched my 4 wisdom teeth removal while I was AWAKE.

  • pure_rachet

    dirt bike use in that area is illegal, whether you are popping wheelies or not lol. Most places it is illegal to ride dirt bikes on city streets.


    Good! Next time he shouldn’t involve himself in criminal activities ?

  • Li

    I don't follow rappers but I just read that the judge that sentenced him is under investigation by the FBI. Wow!

  • MRiGOThim

    allegedly she "STANS" for celebs who come in her courtroom & likes to befriend them :/

  • sunni_daze

    If that's the case then there is clear conflict of interest with her.


    This uneducated illiterate idiot will not be release, he will probably get his sentence reduced, come back out and do some more dumb shit!!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    "Mill will be out of prison by then — if he is on his best behavior behind bars."

    He'll be there for AT LEAST 4 years. He keeps proving himself too stupid to be on his best behavior. The influence is WORSE in prison than on the outside... smh

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    True, but he's still been stupid and continually breaks the law


    I agreee!!!?????????? If that was my brother or friend (non celebrity) they would have been violated years ago and sent to jail. He had been receiving chance after chance..smh. ????where Nicki at!

  • sunni_daze

    True, but I think in this case she was being extra. Either way he has time to think abiut what he's done

  • Leary (Alearya)

    Why are we quick to holla #freethem if they clearly doin dumb s**t to get locked up? This is stupid to be signing petitions tryna get this fool release when he willingly broke the conditions of his s**t. See yo big lipped silly ass in 4


    Good, you do the crime, you do do the time.

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  • Doink_Ahanahue

    She probably was and as always the media has keyed in on what DOESN'T matter instead of focusing on the real issue.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Smart enough to rid herself of his foolishness

  • MRiGOThim