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Meek Mill Is Free

"While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive," the rapper said in a statement this afternoon.

by Alex Robert Ross
Apr 24 2018, 8:19pm

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After six months behind bars, Meek Mill was released on bail Tuesday evening. According to multiple reports, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overruled a lower court in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon. Their order overturns Judge Genece Brinkley's highly controversial decision to send the the 31-year-old rapper to prison last November, and demands that Meek's bail conditions "be similar or identical" to those that were in place before August 1, 2017.

"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," the artist wrote on Twitter. "While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive."

"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," he 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."

Hours after being released, Mill sat courtside at a Sixers' game, ringing the Liberty Bell just before tipoff.

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