Meek Mill Released After Five Months in Jail

Meek Mill Released After Five Months in Jail

He was driven straight from prison to a parking lot where he was swept into a helicopter with his friend, Sixers co-owner Michael Grubin, to fly to the team's fifth game of the National Basketball Association playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. His release was ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court following questions about the credibility of his arresting officer.

In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, rapper Meek Mill confirmed he had been released on bail from a state correction institution in Chester, Pa., five months after he'd been incarcerated for a probation violation.

Mill had been incarcerated for almost five months following a controversial sentence of two to four years in prison for violating probation on a 2008 gun and drug case in which the judge cited a failed drug test and non-compliance with a court order restricting travel on Mill's part.

There has been widespread support and calls to free Meek, who in November was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation, from people who say his prison sentence was "unjust" and yet another example of double standards the justice system imposes on Black men.

As it turned out, the team sent a helicopter to pick him up, ensuring he would make it to the Wells Fargo Center in time to ring the ceremonial bell before the game. Since his initial sentencing, Meek had found allies across the sports world, both amongst Philadelphia sports icons and even including some unlikelier names like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

And after having previously had his requests for bail denied in December by the judge in his case, Genece Brinkley, the Supreme Court has overruled the judge's decision and granted the rapper immediate bail.

He said he would now focus his attention on getting his convictions overturned, and that he looks forward to resuming his music career.

"Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail", Tacopina said. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said in an emailed statement that the Supreme Court's ruling was consistent with the office's position in the case.

Last week, Meek Mill told CNN's Don Lemon that he was optimistic that he was going to get out of jail sooner than later. She said the court "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008".

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