Rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison on Tuesday, according to his attorney Brian McMonagle who spoke to CBS News.
His sentencing for a probation violation sparked widespread outrage. According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s official order (via TMZ), the justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer who testified in Meek’s case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail. It also said prosecutors were not opposed to him being released, and sided with them.
In a statement, Meek said:
“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.”
Mill received two to four years in state prison for probation violation on from Judge Genece E. Brinkley, telling the rapper that he’s been “just thumbing your nose at me” after she’d given him multiple chances to straighten up.
Mill pleaded guilty in October to reckless driving after doing wheelies on a dirt bike in New York, a plea that was followed by a March arrest stemming from a fight at a St. Louis airport. The charges from the arrest were dropped when the rapper agreed to community service.
Mill’s Pennsylvania case originated in 2008, when he was convicted on a drug and gun matter, earning him eight months in prison followed by five years’ probation.