Rapper Meek Mill remains in prison despite appeal for early release

Philadelphia Hip-Hop artist Meek Mill came out the the 6500 block of Gesner St. in Southwest Philly to show support for the families and victims that were effected by Saturday's house fire on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. C.F. Sanchez / Staff Photographer

Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill, alias Robert Williams, ended his first week in prison with no prospect for early release despite an emergency motion filed Thursday.

The petition by defense lawyer Donald J. Cogan seeks a hearing within three days or release on bail but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley has so far not responded to it.

On July 11, Brinkley ruled that Williams, 27, violated probation in a 2009 gun and drug case and sentenced him to three to six months in prison followed by another five years probation. Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis has said she will oppose early release.

Cogan's petition argued that Williams' alleged violations did not warrant prison. The new sentence has forced cancellation of two Meek Mill concerts, including Saturday's "Homecoming Tour" at Temple University's Liacouras Center. Mill's record label has said imprisonment could have a disastrous impact on his career and the scheduled Sept. 9 release of his new album. - Joseph A. Slobodzian

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