Meek Mill just scored a major legal victory.
Months after the rapper was sentenced to two to four years behind bars, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to grant Meek release on bail. 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin shared the news via Instagram on Tuesday.
According to Fox 29, the order states Meek's bail conditions “are to be similar or identical to those that governed Petitioner's probation prior to Aug. 1, 2017.” The rapper’s legal team is also required to resolve a post-conviction relief act petition within the next two months.
Jordan Siev, one of Meek's attorney's, called into Angie Martinez's radio show to talk about his release.
The Dreamchasers artist shared the following statement:
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. 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. 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.
Fans and friends of the rapper celebrated the news on social media:
T.I. also spoke to Meek over the phone, while Jay Z shared his satisfaction on the decision.
Roc Nation also released a statement:
"We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to grant Meek Mill bail and allow him to return home to his loved ones. We are grateful for all the support that Meek has received from his fans and public advocates over the past five months and look forward to working alongside Meek to fight for criminal justice reform."
At the top of Meek's list of things to do after being released? Attend the Sixers and Heat game.
In November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Meek to up to four years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a decade-old gun and drug case. The ruling, which was criticized as both “heavy-handed” and “unjust,” reignited a new debate about racial discrimination within the criminal justice system. Meek's legal team has spent the last six months fighting for the rapper's freedom, going as far as accusing Judge Brinkley of having a personal vendetta against the Philly star.
Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, filed multiple petitions for Meek's release within the past six months; however, every request was denied by Brinkley, despite the fact that Meek's arresting officer was named in the District Attorney's list of allegedly corrupt cops. The officer, Reginald Graham, was also the sole witness in Meek's 2008 trial.
Tacopina released the following statement to Fox 29:
We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail. As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. We are also pleased that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has noted that Judge Brinkley may opt to remove herself from presiding over any further proceedings in Meek’s case in the interests of justice. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.