Jay-Z calls on federal authorities to detain inmate over leftover chicken

11:56 a.m. PST – Alex Spiro makes one thing clear… He says this case is about a broken system that does not consider Valon Vailes to be a human being.

We caught up with hip-hop’s go-to lawyer on TMZ Live. Spiro says even the initial 20-year sentence might have been different if Vailes was “whiter.”

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Spiro blamed it all on a failing criminal justice system. He says he just doesn’t think the government sees him as a human being worthy of independence.

So far, there has been no update on Vailes’ conviction in this case.

Well, now he’s 100 – Jay Z is furious that the federal government refuses to release a man who served 14 years for weed, and says one of the reasons the government is holding him … involves leftover prison meals.

Jay’s Team Roc takes the cause of a guy named Valon Vailes … Who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for intent to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. Vailes, who was convicted in 2007, contacted Jay-Z last year to ask him to help him get a reduced sentence – but in new court documents, Team Roc says federal authorities will not budge d ‘a ticky-tac prison. offenses.

Roc team lawyer Alex Spiro says Vailes more than qualifies for compassionate release, but in the documents he says federal prosecutors won’t allow it because Vailes dared … wait for him … slip some leftover chicken from the prison mess hall in his cell.

Seriously. Cold chicken… is that what we’re talking about?

If that wasn’t enough, in the documents – obtained by TMZ – Spiro says Vailes is also criticized for simply using a piece of his prison uniform as “training gear.”

Jay and Team Roc are furious because they say Vailes, who is now 56, has been a model inmate in every way he can – he got his GED – and has a ‘mentally ill’ brother at home who needs a keeper. Vailes’ mother was looking after her brother, but she passed away in 2020.

In his letter to Jay, Vailes spoke of his frustration at seeing businesses and individuals making billions from legalized marijuana, while he rots in jail because of it.

Spiro wants a federal judge to reduce Vailes’ sentence to the time served and release him as soon as possible.

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