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Jay-Z is Fighting For ‘Compassionate Release’ of Inmate Serving 20 Years on a Marijuana Charge

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. The NFL and Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports representation company are teaming up for events and social activism. The league not only will use Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to consult on its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show, but will work with the rapper and entrepreneur’s company to “strengthen community through music and the NFL's Inspire Change initiative.” (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Jay-Z is fighting for the release of an inmate serving 20 years on a Marijuana charge Jay-Z has hired his legal team to fight for the release of an inmate that is currently serving 20 years over a Marijuana charge. His team has asked a judge in North Carolina presiding over Valon Vailes’ case twice for a ‘compassionate release’. Alex Spiro, Jay-Z’s lawyer, said, “Mr. Vailes’ motion for compassionate release does not mention COVID-19 and does not rely on any COVID-19-related argument as a basis for arguing in favor of a reduced sentence.” Spiro continued, “Mr. Vailes has exhausted his administrative remedies with the [Federal Bureau of Prisons]; extraordinary and compelling reasons warrant compassionate release in his case; the relevant factors support release; and Mr. Vailes is not a danger to the community. Mr. Vailes is the sole available caretaker for his mentally ill brother whom is in desperate need of Mr. Vailes’ support. It is unjust to allow Mr. Vailes to remain in prison when, if sentenced under the current law, and with his good behavior credits, he would have already been released.” Would you want a new Jay-Z album? Or do you think Hov has more important things to do than to make more music?


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