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Meek Mill Will Be Released From Prison After Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision

The rapper was being held on a violation of probation charge for a decade-old case.

By Jon Silman

The rapper Meek Mill is set to walk free from prison Tuesday thanks to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court, after a campaign to have the rapper avoid years behind bars.

Mill's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said they were "thrilled" by the decision, which came just one week after Judge Genece Brinkley denied the rapper bail as prosecutors asked for his conviction to be tossed. The decision on Tuesday ordered Brinkley to immediately set Mill free.

"As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail," Tacopina said in a statement. 

"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," he added.

Mill shared his joy about the decision on Twitter:

Meek, a Philadelphia rapper, was found guilty of violating his probation on a 2008 conviction for gun and drug possession, and he was set to serve two to four years in jail. Justice reform groups, the hip-hop community and a variety of celebrities rallied behind him and planned protests outside the criminal justice center. Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin even wrote a letter to the judge asking for leniency.

Mill, who was born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested twice last year for a fight and for popping wheelies on a bike. Brinkley said both arrests counted as violations of his probation from his 2008 case.

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