Lawyers for Meek Mill trying to get him released from prison

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Lawyers for Meek Mill trying to get him released from prison
Lawyers for Meek Mill trying to get him released from prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Lawyers for Meek Mill are asking for him to be released from prison and for his probation to be terminated.

Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the rapper last week to two to four years in prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.

In an appeal filed Wednesday, his lawyers make a number of arguments, including that Meek Mill’s probation officer didn’t recommend a prison sentence as punishment.

They say the sentence was too harsh for his offense.

On Tuesday, they asked Brinkley to step down from the case.

A day earlier, former Philadelphia 76er Julius Erving and rapper Rick Ross were among hundreds of people gathered to protest Mill’s imprisonment.

Billboards and bus shelter posters reading “Stand With Meek Mill” have popped up around the city.

This November 2017 photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows rapper Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, sentenced to serve two to four years in prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. A lawyer for Meek Mill asked Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself from the case Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, before the rapper appeals his prison sentence. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)
A bus with a message of support for Meek Mill drives in view of City Hall in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. A lawyer for Meek Mill is asking a Philadelphia judge to recuse herself before he appeals the rapper’s sentence of two to four years in prison. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Rapper Meek Mill arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Rapper Meek Mill, center, accompanied by his defense attorney Brian Mcmonagle arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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