After a long legal battle, Meek Mill has been released from jail.
Meek will be out of prison at approximately 5 pm ET. The Philly rapper’s legal team appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to get him released on bail after two attempts to do so failed without any positive result. He has issued 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.”
“We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” the rapper’s lawyer Joe Tacopina said in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”
Rick Ross, the head of Meek Mill’s label Maybach Music Group and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin celebrated his release on social media.
— Yung Rénzél 👑 (@RickRoss) April 24, 2018