Out of prison, Meek Mill sees 76ers clinch series

Tonya Becker
April 26, 2018

After almost six months in Chester SCI, rapper Meek Mill was released from prison Tuesday afternoon following an order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The rapper described his last five months in prison as "a nightmare" and said numerous "prayers visits, calls, letters, and rallies" helped him stay "positive".

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of colour across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues", Mill said.

Earlier this month, in a major victory for Mill, prosecutors agreed with his lawyers that he should get a new trial because of questions raised about the arresting officer.

Shortly after Meek's release he took a ride with 76ers players and co-owner Michael Rubin to the game against Miami Heat and rang the Liberty Bell before tipoff.

Brinkley's lawyer A. Charles Peruto, Jr. said that Brinkley doesn't think the Supreme Court invalidating her rulings when it let Meek go free before his next hearing in June. Brinkley most recently denied Mill bail and upheld the sentence.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was filmed visiting Meek Mill in prison on Tuesday. The first thing that Meek Mill, 30, will do is attend the 76ers' playoff game Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat - if he can get to the game on time. "He said 'that's what I want" so when they released him we said the helicopter's gonna pick you up".

Mill alluded to that himself in one of his initial tweets upon the announcement of his release, when he thanked the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and wrote: "I'm grateful for your commitment to justice". He says he's working with his legal team on overturning his conviction.

"For him to come to this type of game".

At what had looked like a routine hearing, Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley handed Mill a term of between two and four years for violating terms of parole, including scheduling shows that conflicted with the court schedule and entering a publicized scuffle in St. Louis. "You could tell he was trying to hold on", Embiid said after scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds in Philadelphia's win.

Mill spent the rest of the evening seated courtside, between Hart and Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Mill's seven-year-old son bouncing on his lap. They say the national attention the case is getting is helping to expose what they call the injustices of Philadelphia's criminal justice system.

In the 5 1/2 months since Mill was put back in prison for parole violations, Mill has become an worldwide cause célèbre and a symbol in the fight for criminal justice reform and against unequal justice for African Americans and other minorities.

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