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LL Cool J is hoping that President Obama, or the President after him, can pull some strings to pardon former drug kingpin Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory. 

LL Cool J wrote a lengthy Instagram post outlining his reasons why he thinks Big Meech, co-founder of the Black Mafia Family, should be pardoned from his 30-year prison sentence for running one of the largest criminal enterprises in American history.

LL wrote:

I think these two guys who are both products of my generation could do a lot of good in the community if they were pardoned. They were incarcerated for non violent drug offenses.if they were pardoned I’m sure they would do the right thing. It’s a matter of character. From the outside looking in I think they both have it. Although they set what some would call a negative example I think the second chapter of their lives could potentially bring a lot of healing and inspiration to a down trodden community and show all our citizens that the USA is a country where second chances are possible. I don’t condone what they did but I understand why they did it. The inner city is is a rough place to be born and raised. Temptation is everywhere tempting us to find a fast way to escape poverty. This is nothing new, but still very true. I really think these guys along with some of the guys they were incarcerated with should have their cases reviewed. They should receive either a full pardon or at a minimum a sentence reduction. 30 years for a “non violent” charge no matter how large the case may be; Still feels heavy handed to me. Let’s all hope it happens for them. Keep your heads up fellas. I’m praying for you. 🙏🏾 I love our country. I believe this would be a just decision. Pardon Meech and Terry Flenory. #forgiveness #justice #mercy

While there were some murders and assaults committed by BMF members, the Flenory brothers themselves were never indicted on those charges. Meech was arrested in connection to the shooting death of former Sean “Diddy” Combs bodyguard Anthony “Wolf” Jones but was later cleared on self-defense.

In the years since his indictment, some have heralded Big Meech as an entrepreneur and job creator. Others have viewed him as just another man selling dope.

There have been false reports that President Obama was indeed pardoning Big Meech before he left office. With less than two weeks left in his term, that does not seem likely to happen. Obama did pardon famed Oakland crackdealer Darryl “Lil D” Lamar who was sentenced to 35-years in prison back in 1990.

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