Five months after his sentencing, Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill is expected to be released from prison Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.
Mill, also known as Robert Rihmeek Williams, will be released due to a decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, overruling Judge Genece Brinkley’s prior decision to deny Williams bail last week.
Brinkley, who initially sentenced Williams to two to four years in prison in November, had previously denied a bail request from Williams in December.
Williams’ November sentencing stemmed from two arrests earlier in 2018, where he was charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment and driving, respectively. Based on these new charges and a failed drug test, Brinkley had found Williams in violation of a probation from decade-old gun and drug charges.
Joe Tacopina, Williams’ lawyer, said he was “thrilled” that the court released Williams on bail.
“As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail,” Tacopina said, according to 6ABC, later adding, “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.”
A spokesperson for the D.A.’s office told HuffPost that the court’s decision “on Meek Mill being released on bail is consistent with the position of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.”
“As this is a pending matter, we have no further comment on what may occur in the future in this case,” the spokesperson said, noting that the office had similarly agreed to withdraw prosecution from three lesser-known cases that were “also tainted by potential police credibility issues by following the same procedures and analysis.”
Even the Philadelphia Eagles celebrated Meek Mill’s release on social media, tweeting not long after the rapper released his own statement. In the tweet, a video shows the team running onto the field during Super Bowl LII, which they would later win, with Williams’ song “Dreams and Nightmares” playing in the background.
Via: Huffington Post