Meek Mill has been granted bail and an immediate release by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. Fox 29 News reported that an “Order Granting Application for Bail” has directed the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County to release Meek on secured bail. After spending five months behind bars, the 31-year-old has plans to overturn his “unwarranted” conviction and return to making music.
Grateful for his release, the rapper, whose legal name is Robert Rimeek Williams, took to social media to thank his fans, his loved ones, his attorneys, the Philadelphia District Attorneys Office, and the high court. He plans to use his platform to shed light on unlawful incarceration to help those without the resources that he had to fight for his freedom.
“I’d like to thank 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,” Meek said in an Instagram post.
Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina issued a statement where he expressed vindication for the defense. Tacopina said that Judge Genece Brinkley was unjust in her decision to revoke Meek’s bail and noted the court’s recommendation for her role in future proceedings.
“We are also pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has noted that Judge Brinkley may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek’s case in the interests of justice,” Tacopina said.
CBS News reported that Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin will pick Meek up from prison. Rubin is one of the many high-profile supporters who publicly advocated for the rapper’s release. Jay Z, T.I., Kevin Hart, and Rick Ross have been in Meek’s corner as they visited him and participated in rallies on his behalf. Hart had just visited Meek in jail before the ruling was announced.
Meek Mill’s imprisonment stemmed from a 2007 gun and drug case where Judge Brinkley has enforced a ten-year probation. An arrest in March 2017 from breaking up a fight in a St. Louis airport followed by an August arrest for failing to wear a helmet while popping wheelies on his dirt bike landed him in court in November. Despite objections from the District Attorney’s Office, Judge Brinkley sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in prison.
But Reginald V. Graham, the arresting officer who testified against the then-18-year-old, was one of several policemen that the District Attorney’s Office listed as having alleged histories of brutality, racial bias, dishonesty, and abuses of power. The revelation of this list weighed heavily on the decision to expedite Meek’s release.