Free At Last
Meek Mill is a free man.
TMZ broke news of the rapper’s release earlier today (March 24), reporting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “cited the alleged corrupt police officer who served as a ‘critical witness’ in Meek’s original gun and drugs case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail.” Prosecutors were okay with Meek’s release, siding with the Supreme Court’s decision.
In response, the “Wins and Loses” rapper sent out a lengthy message, thanking “God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” via TMZ.
After Meek was released from prison with no bail — contingent on a hearing roughly two months from now to possibly overturn the conviction — the rapper also told TMZ that though “the past five months have been a nightmare,” he was able to push through and “stay positive” because of the many “prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies.” He went on:
“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. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina — who repeatedly vented his frustration with Meek’s case and Judge Genece Brinkley in the media — said that he and Meek plan to “continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured.”
“Unjust” and “Heavy Handed”
After Meek began his “unjust” and “heavy handed” sentence nearly six months ago, supporters rallied behind him, outraged at his situation. No one spoke out more than Brooklyn-raised rapper Jay-Z, who sparked a flood of support for Meek from celebs like T.I., Kevin Hart, and Rick Ross. In a Facebook post, which was deemed headline-worthy by several outlets, Jay eloquently wrote:
The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.
Jay, who was touring his 4:44 album at the time, used his concerts as a platform to speak out against the injustices Meek and several others like him are facing.
“If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said in the middle of performing in Dallas on his tour. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F**king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f**king wheelie.”
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