Folks, Meek Mill is a free man.
On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court granted Meek bail after the rapper unfairly served almost six months of a possible 2-4 year sentence behind bars for violation of probation.
“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 a lengthy statement.
“While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive,” he said. “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.”
The rapper continued, “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.”
Ironically, Meek’s prison release comes hours after a tweet went viral from Shannon Sharpe responding to the bail amount of the “Waffle House shooter” who was granted $2 million bail. “Meek Mill didn’t kill anyone and can’t get bond,” Sharpe tweeted. “But that’s none of my business.”
For the past five months, people around the country have been campaigning to Free Meek. Not only have fans protested in support of the rapper, but folks like Jay Z and Beyonce stood behind the Philadelphia native.
The famous couple not only mentions “free Meek” in their new track “Top Off,” but Jay wrote a long message via Facebook back in November that read: “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.”
Following, the big news, Jay Z’s company Roc Nation shared a message on Instagram thanking the “Pennsylvania Supreme Court” for “directing Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail. As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”
We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail. As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. 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. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend 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.
76ers co-owner Michael Rubin also posted a snapshot on Instagram, writing: “@meekmill is FREE!!! Just left visiting Meek with @kevinhart4real and I’m on the way back to pick him up as we speak! #MeekisFree #GoSixers.”
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