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JAY-Z was one of the first big names to speak out against Meek Mill’s legal woes, in which a Philadelphia Judge sentenced him to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating his probation. As his 4:44 tour made its way to Dallas last night, Hov halted his concert and addressed Meek’s situation once again.

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“I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” he said to the crowd. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now, he’s been on probation for 11 years. Fucking 11 years. Judge gave him two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a fucking wheelie.”

Since Meek was handed his harsh prison sentence on Monday, the story has taken a few strange twists. In a new interview with Billboard, Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina claims that Judge Genece Brinkley, who has presided over the case since 2008, tried to persuade Meek to leave Roc Nation and rejoin a local Philadelphia manager with whom she had a personal relationship.

What’s more, Tacopina alleges that Judge Brinkley asked Meek to re-record Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” and name drop her in the song, which he refused to do. “It’s things like that that show that this judge crossed all continuable lines,” he says.

Tacopina has vowed to appeal the sentencing and says Meek is in strong spirits: “He knows he has a bunch of people fighting for him… Mike Rubin [part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers] was going absolutely wild. JAY-Z is out there going absolutely wild. People who are very powerful in that community are not going to stand there and take that.”

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