Meek Mill Released From Prison On Bail

Meek Mill has been released from prison following an order from the Philadelphia Supreme Court. The rapper, whose legal name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, served an up-to-four year sentence for violating probation stemming from a 2008 conviction on drug and gun counts. He has been in jail since last November. Last week, Judge Genece E. Brinkley denied Williams’ bail and scheduled his subsequent hearing two months later to rule on the rapper’s conviction. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Supreme Court overruled Judge Brinkley, saying she “may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek’s case in the interests of justice.”  Meek Mill issued a statement following his release, saying in part, “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.”

Rapper Meek Mill Freed From U.S. Jail After Months-Long Campaign


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