The Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied an appeal for bail by imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.
The one-sentence ruling dated Tuesday came with no explanation for the denial of Mill's request to be freed pending the outcome of the appeal of his prison sentence.
Lawyers for the rapper born Robert Williams had filed the appeal last week, asking that he be released on bail while he appeals the two- to four-year prison sentence for probation violations handed down last month by Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
Mill's lawyers had disputed every reason Brinkley cited for sending him to prison.
The rapper is not a flight risk, given that he's a lifelong member of the Philadelphia community and is supported by the likes of fellow rapper Jay-Z and Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, the lawyers wrote. Mill has no history of bail violations or attempted escapes and he's too famous to flee, they argued.
"Because of his celebrity, Mr. Williams is known on sight to hundreds of thousands if not millions of people," the lawyers wrote. "For all practical purposes, it would be impossible for him to flee or hide, even if he were inclined to do so."
A spokesman for the rapper's lawyers said they would have no comment about the latest ruling.