Friday, 25 May, 2018

Meek Mill has been released from prison

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Jeannette Daniel | 25 April, 2018, 16:00

Meek was given a two-year sentence in December 2017 for violating probation but after appealing the decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania made the decision to overrule after Judge Genece E. Brinkley was criticised for "holding a grudge" against the defendant and "keeping him in prison".

Shortly after the 30-year-old rapper was freed, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin picked him up in a helicopter and brought him directly to the Wells Fargo Center, where he was greeted by fans and his hometown National Basketball Association team.

In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, rapper Meek Mill confirmed he had been released on bail from a state correction institution in Chester, Pa., five months after he'd been incarcerated for a probation violation.

Meek Mill, who was sentenced after violating his probation on a drug and weapon's case regained his freedom on Monday.

His original sentencing, which took place on November 6, sparked large protests and drew hundreds of demonstrators, including a number of celebrities and athletes, to the streets of Philadelphia to demand justice for the rapper.

Just the idea of the rapper being court-side for Wednesday night's game - which, if the Sixers win, will mean they advance to the second round for the first time in six years, where they'll face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Boston Celtics, swept across the internet.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to release the "All Eyes on You" rapper and grant him a new hearing because of "credibility issues with a police officer who was a "critical witness" in his 2008 gun and drug convictions, court documents show.


After his release, Williams said in a statement that the five months he spent in prison "have been a nightmare".

Meek adds, "To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice - not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct".

But a survey by The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization that covers the USA judicial system, found that at least 61 250 people - and probably far more - are in prison across the United States for minor parole violations like missing appointments, failing drug tests or staying out past curfew.

Rubin has been a staunch supporter of the accused during his time in prison.

Upon his release, Mill thanked all those who have supported him while he was locked up and vowed to "overturn this unwarranted conviction".

Later, the famous friends sat courtside to take in the game.

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