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Judge orders rapper to take etiquette classes

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:12 a.m. HST, Jun 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA » A judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.

Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams' statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans.

Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice.

"I have my own record label with seven artists. ... I do radio. I do interviews," he said.

The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were "more important than any concerts he might have."

Brinkley in December barred the rapper from touring for a month after finding that he violated probation restrictions. Williams' attorney argued at the time that the restrictions were preventing his client from earning a living, and 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 and he appeared in Jay-Z's Made In America festival earlier this year.

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Rickyboy wrote:
What a bunch of cr...
on June 29,2013 | 12:00PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Never heard of him.
on June 29,2013 | 12:59PM
pueouhane wrote:
Butt-head giving rapping a bad rap............like the world need this ...ap or care.
on June 29,2013 | 01:10PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Really? I don't see him taking the lessons to heart. .
on June 29,2013 | 01:52PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Just take him in the back room and give him a couple cracks every time he acts up. That woul be faster than these classes.
on June 29,2013 | 02:38PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Good for the judge! The guy seems to feel he's far too important to need by society's standards of decency. "Can't fit my probation officer into my busy schedule? Hmmm...maybe I should have avoided getting into a situation - guns and drugs, you know - that landed me in court in the first place." There's a though...
on June 29,2013 | 03:24PM
black3000psi wrote:
I wonder if you would think it was funny if a judge ordered a local boy to take english classes cause the judge couldnt ulnderstand what he was saying, and that the english lessons would be more important then him making a living.
on June 29,2013 | 11:01PM
peanutgallery wrote:
This is what years of entitlement give you America.
on June 30,2013 | 04:57AM
cojef wrote:
Hooray for you for the guts to says so.
on June 30,2013 | 06:26AM
redneckMT wrote:
Here! Here!
on June 30,2013 | 06:47AM
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