Meek Mill is almost finally free.The 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was expected to leave prison Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted his release on bail.“I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” Williams said in a tweet.
He had been sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation on an almost decade-old gun and drug case in November.
Read more: Meek Mills might be getting a new trialThe Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, headed by Larry Krasner, said last week that they wanted to give Williams a new trial because of questions related to the arresting officer’s credibility, including allegations that he provided false testimony during the trial.The officer later appeared on a District Attorney’s list of two dozen officers suspected of lying under oath, racial bias, and brutality.Read more: The Philly cop who jailed Meek Mill was on a secret watch list kept by the DALast week, Judge Genece Brinkley refused to hear arguments about releasing Williams on bail, opting instead to schedule another hearing for June.“I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Judge Brinkley told Williams during his sentencing. Neither city prosecutors nor Williams’ probation officer had recommended sending him back to prison.Looks like Meek Mill will get out in time to celebrate at tonight’s Sixers-Heat NBA game.
Cover image: WASHINGTON, DC - May 25th, 2012 - Meek Mill performs on the Club Paradise Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)