Jay-Z is hoping to help one of his fans in jail
Jay-Z is hoping to help a fan in prison.
The rapper’s legal team has — twice — from a North Carolina judge seeking the “compassionate release” of a man serving a 20-year prison sentence on marijuana charges, Page Six has learned exclusively.
In court documents submitted Wednesday and obtained by Page Six, attorney Alex Spiro filed a second motion asking the court to reconsider his previous request – one that was called for inmate Valon Welles’ COVID-19 Vaccination was rejected due to record.
Spiro argued, “Mr Wallace’s motion for compassionate release does not mention COVID-19 and on any COVID-19-related argument as the basis for an argument in favor of a reduced sentence.” doesn’t trust.”
In December 2007, Welles, now 55, was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana from 2003 to 2007. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison with an additional 10 years. Supervised release.
Wallace’s case first came to the attention of Spiro and other members of Jay-Z’s legal team when the inmate wrote an emotional letter to the “Empire State of Mind” rapper, who is proud Owner of Cannabis Company Monogram.
Page six received a special copy of the note jay zee, which Wallace wrote in February from New York’s Otisville Correctional Facility.
“This letter is a request to solicit your help with the intention of campaigning for my clemency,” the letter read. “13 and a half years is a long time to still be imprisoned on a substance that has become the ultimate green rush.”
Referring to his complicated family situation, Wallace wrote, “My family needs my home.”
“While in captivity, I have lost loved ones,” he explained. “My mother passed away in 2020, my grandmother in 2009, my nephew in 2020. Also, my best friend died of COVID in 2021. I have four children, the youngest 1.4 and 3 granddaughters.”
Wallace said he has followed Jay-Z’s career and was particularly impressed by his advocacy for the “disadvantaged and voiceless”, which he said was noted in Wall Street Journal report.
“A lot has changed in my life, but most importantly, I have a new perspective on society,” Wallace claimed. “Therefore, I pledge to my family, my children and myself that my imprisonment will not be in vain.”
The prisoner ends his note by saying that he can’t help but feel “some kind of way” about him. Ongoing Reforms of Marijuana Legalization In America knowing that he is still behind bars.
“It is a bitter truth that I am a casualty and an object of thisAndStem full of injustice,” he wrote.
Clearly inspired by Wallace’s words, Jay-Z immediately assembles Spiro and his team in monograms to petition the prisoner’s behalf.
The first motion for a compassionate release request was filed in August. It noted that Wallace was “a model prisoner”, citing complete research and drug treatment, and that Wallace’s family “desperately needs their support and assistance, and he is a does not present a recurrence risk.”
US District Judge Frank Whitney issued a short 5-line that same month, inappropriately mentioning that Welles was a “pro se motion”—meaning he represented himself—when in fact he had a famous The celebrity lawyer was Spiro, who was supporting him. It also noted Wallace’s vaccination record.
“It is clear that this court does not take the time to even read the arguments of the accused and forgets,” a source told Page Six on Wednesday. “It shouldn’t take Jay-Z and Monogram to hold them accountable.”
Spiro asked the judge in Wednesday’s filing to release Welles on a time sentence.
“Mr Wallace has exhausted his administrative measures [Federal Bureau of Prisons]; his case requires compassionate release for exceptional and compelling reasons; Relevant factors support the release; And Mr. Wallace poses no threat to the community,” argued the lawyer.
He continued, “Mr Wallace is the only available caretaker for his mentally ill brother who is in dire need of Mr Wallace’s support.”
The lawyer concluded, “It is unjust to allow Mr Wallace to remain in prison, if the sentence under the existing law, and to the credit of his good behaviour, would have been released earlier.”
a Change.org Petition As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been nearly 2,000 signatures advocating for Wallace’s release.