Meek Mill Free on Bail….FINALLY
After a long and exhausting five months Meek Mill is a free man! Tuesday, April 24th a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court in Philadelphia to immediately grant well known Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill bail. Meek, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams was sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for a parole violation. The sentence was issued against the recommendations of Meek’s parole officer and the Prosecutor. The violation spans from a drug and gun conviction from roughly a decade ago.
Meek Mill’s case raised a lot of concerns regarding police corruption, mass incarceration, as well as highlighting the abuse of power from presiding Judge Genece Brinkley and the arresting officer behind Meek Mill’s initial case. While receiving an overwhelming amount of support from the entire Hip-Hop community, Philadelphia District Attorney, Philadelphia 76ers co- owner Michael Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Civil Rights leaders and fans Meek along side of his legal team have been able to combat against his conviction.
While Meek has had the support of many he has also vowed to devote his energy in assisting those who like him have fallen victim to unjust convictions. In an Instagram post on the rappers social media, Meek gave thanks to his legal team, Roc Nation, family, friends and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, he also states, “while the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. He continues, “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 the luxury and I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction.”
Shortly after his release, Meek was greeted by fellow Philly native and comedian Kevin Hart as well as Philadelphia 76ers Co-owner Michael Rubin. The trio went on to celebrate Meek Mill’s first day of freedom by sitting courtside during the Sixers playoff game, where they hosted and defeated The Miami Heat 104-91.
Although Meek Mill’s freedom is currently in limbo we look forward to seeing him come out on top. Too often we see stories like his fall to the waistline, it’s time for change.