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The Weldon Project’s Celebrity Endorsed Letter Sent to President Trump Urging Clemency for Former Bad Boy Records Recording Artist Loon
Signatories include Grammy-award winning singer Faith Evans, former NBA champion Kevin Garnett, music industry executive Jason Flom, movie producer Scott Budnick, Roc Nation rapper Freeway, rapper Baby Bash, fashion model Jeremy Meeks, and recent clemency recipient Alice Johnson
Los Angeles, CA– June 12, 2019 – Weldon Angelos, former music producer turned criminal justice activist and president of The Weldon Project, today announced that he organized and submitted a celebrity endorsed letter to President Trump calling for the release of former Bad Boy Records recording artist Loon, whose given name is Chauncey Hawkins and who is now known as Amir Muhadith. Loon is currently serving an 11-year sentence for drug charges.
Among those who signed Angelos’ letter are Grammy-award winning singer Faith Evans, former NBA champion Kevin Garnett, music industry executive Jason Flom, movie producer Scott Budnick, Roc Nation rapper Freeway, rapper Baby Bash, fashion model Jeremy Meeks, and recent clemency recipient Alice Johnson, whose sentence was commuted by President Trump on June 6 of last year at the behest of Kim Kardashian West.
Weldon Angelos stated in the letter to President Trump that “we strongly urge you to grant him [Loon] a presidential commutation of sentence without delay,” pointing out that “Loon’s sentence for merely making an introduction is longer than the sentences given to child rapists.”
“It’s ridiculous that this talented individual was given such a long sentence for merely making an introduction” commented Angelos, “what purpose is served by keeping him in prison? He completely changed his life around years before he was indicted. This is just another example of a wasteful and destructive criminal justice system.”
Loon, who is best known for his hit singles with P. Diddy entitled “I Need A Girl” featuring Usher and “I Need A Girl Part 2” featuring Ginuwine made the following statement regarding the show of support he received.
“It is only through the overwhelming push by this administration to change the state of our criminal justice system that real progress is finally being made. Alongside an extraordinary group of individuals such as Weldon Angelos, Jason Flom, Faith Evans, Kevin Garnett, Jessica Jackson Sloan at #cut50 and so many others who are not only advocating on my behalf but seek to support broader change for a broken and unjust system. It is through my own desire for change and the support of so many that I return back to society as an asset to my community, a loving husband and father, and an advocate in our battle for real criminal justice reform.”
Loon is being represented by clemency attorney Mark Osler, who argues in the petition that Loon’s case is unusual and compelling in that he had transormed his life some five years before being sentenced.
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*For contact information of the signatories for potential interviews, please contact Weldon Angelos.