Meek Mill released from prison

Meek Mill released from prison

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order freeing him on bail while he appeals decade-old drug and gun violations. ESPN reports he sat next to Kevin Hart and team co-owner Michael Rubin, who said earlier in the day that he was heading to the prison to pick Mill up.

Before each home game, Philadelphia has someone different serve as the team's ceremonial bell-ringer, hitting a replica of the Liberty Bell just before tip-off to wind up the crowd inside Wells Fargo Center.

Meek Mill will be a free man in 1 hour. out of prison after a long legal battle.

Meek Mill had been serving a 2-4 year sentence for violating his probation, leading to many in the local community to call for his release, arguing the punishment far outweighs his crime.

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Meek Mill is being released from state prison on bail after a almost six-month legal battle over the Philadelphia rapper being sentenced to serve two-to-four years behind bars in November of last year for violating his parole.

Mill took off in a helicopter shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday from the prison outside of Philadelphia.

Before the game, which Philadelphia won 104-91 to advance to the second round of the playoffs, Mill stopped by the Sixers' locker room to greet the players. Meek Mill counted Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, rapper Jay Z and the owner of football's New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, among his most prominent supporters. "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".

In an op-ed past year for The New York Times, Jay-Z said that Mill's case was "just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day". The now-retired officer was among a list of police officers the prosecutor's office has sought to keep off the witness stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions. In granting Williams' bail, the Supreme Court, however, cited those concerns raised by District Attorney's Office and the prosecutors' statements that Williams should be granted PCRA relief. In a November op-ed for the New York Times, he wrote about how "probation ends up being a land mine" that trap people for minor violations - a problem that specifically affected Mill but also extends to millions of black Americans. She said the court "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008". This was a factor in the Supreme Court's decision to grant Meek Mill, who rang the bell prior to the start of Tuesday's game, his freedom.

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