According to CBS News, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin's Instagram account, and the rapper's own Instagram account, Meek Mill is finally set to be free. Meek found himself back in jail after he violated his probation on a 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges.
Since the initial conviction, Meek has been at the mercy of Judge Genece Brinkley, who has presided over his case. Over that period, he has been consigned to house arrest, ordered to take etiquette classes, or sentenced back to prison for various violations of his parole. Most recently Brinkley sentenced him to two to four years in prison for violations including a reckless driving charge while filming a music video in New York City, the nebulous charge that "he does what he wants," and generally squandering chances to clean up his act.
The latest sentence went against the recommendation of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, but judges have sole discretion in these matters. Meek's case became a major talking point regarding criminal justice reform, race, and police misconduct; in a motion advising the court that they would not be opposing Meek Mill's release on bail, prosecutors noted that the arresting officer in 2008, Reginald Graham—their sole witness—gave false testimony at trial.
Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin took up his cause and often visited the rapper in jail and would bring high-profile stars including Colin Kaepernick with him to keep Meek's spirits up. He was among the first to spread the news the Meek was free.
Now the speculation has begun that one of the first orders of business with his newfound freedom is a stop to the Wells Fargo Center tonight for Game 5 between the Miami Heat and the Sixers.
Next on Meek's list? Use his platform to continue the discussion about criminal justice reform...
...and make music.