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Judge puts rapper Meek Mill's tour plans on hold

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has been barred from touring for a month after a judge found he violated probation restrictions associated with a 2008 drug and gun conviction.

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Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said Monday the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, violated an order restricting his performance scheduling and failing to properly keep in touch with his probation officer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Williams' attorney argued the restrictions were preventing him from earning a living. Gary Silver said Williams didn't need to check in with his probation officer because his fans frequently take pictures of him when he's touring.

Williams' "Dreams & Nightmares" album debuted in October. He appeared in Jay-Z's Made In America festival earlier this year.


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Dec 19, 2012 8:15AM
I'm failing to see how his fan taking photos could substitue as seeing his P.O. Photos can be photoshopped and you cannot submit a drug test via a photo. His attorney is not only an idiot for saying that but also a disgrace to attorneys everywhere. When a judge hands down his judgement in a court room you foolow it or go back to jail. Any ordinary person would have to, he's nothing special. And as far as earning a living, GET A JOB GENIUS.
Dec 19, 2012 6:52AM
What,  his attorney said he didn't need to check in with his PO because fans took pictures of him while on tour???  He should be able to make a living but you have to pay the time if you commit a crime.  Did he think about his earnings when he was charged with a crime?  Did that stop him from committing what ever crime he was charged with.  Celebs have to follow the rules too.  
Dec 19, 2012 6:40AM
I think he planned it that way to keep the GDs off of him for a while.
Dec 18, 2012 2:51PM
Let the man live. 4 years of probation and you cancel his performances? That is a tragedy in itself and reminds me of all the men out there struggling to make a living and support their families while child support and a numerous amount of other things keep dragging them back to court while they can be working and paying taxes and all the bills. It's a waste of time and a waste of tax payers money. Or they could just be out to get him. What else is new?
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