North Philadelphia rapper and cultural lightning rod Meek Mill has been released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted his legal team’s Post Conviction Relief Act request for freedom on Tuesday afternoon.
Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin broke the news of Mill’s release in an Instagram post that was soon followed by one from Philly comedian Kevin Hart. Both Rubin and Hart visited Mill at SCI Chester earlier in the afternoon.
According to court documents, the justices elected to exercise the court’s “King’s Bench jurisdiction” and permit the immediate release of Mill, who has been serving a two- to four-year sentence for violating the terms of his probation for a fifth time.
“The Commonwealth has recently stated, on the record in open court, that there are credibility issues with a police officer who was a “critical witness” at Petitioner’s trial,” the court’s opinion states. “As such, the Commonwealth agreed that Petitioner is entitled to PCRA relief. Moreover, as reflected in filings in this Court, the Commonwealth has stated it is not opposed to Petitioner being granted immediate bail.”
The repeated clashes between Mill’s defense attorneys and Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley caused many to question her motives in the case as the 30-year-old Dreams and Nightmares artist soon became a symbol of a broken criminal justice system. While Mill had hoped to have a new judge assigned to him, the state’s high court denied his request — but not without noting that “in … PCRA proceedings, a jurist may opt to remove himself or herself from presiding over the matter ‘in the interests of justice.’”
Mill took to Twitter to personally thank his legion of supporters nationwide and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for its “commitment to justice.” We can only assume he’s referring to the current reign of DA Larry Krasner, and not Seth Williams’s.
Update: Rubin picked up Meek from prison and he will make his first public appearance at the 76ers’ playoff game tonight against the Miami Heat. You can catch the action on NBC Sports Philadelphia or TNT beginning at 8 p.m. as the Sixers look to move on to the next round with a win.