BC-US-Meek Mill, 6th Ld-Writethru, 502Rapper Meek Mill freed after high court orderAP Photo PAPHQ201, PAPHQ101, PACS102, PACS101, PACS103, PAPHQ102Eds: Corrects to say Mill rang the ceremonial bell at the start of Game 5 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Miami Heat playoff series, not the start of the playoff series.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to release the "All Eyes on You" rapper and grant him a new hearing because of "credibility issues with a police officer who was a "critical witness" in his 2008 gun and drug convictions, court documents show. He then made it to Wells Fargo Center for the game thanks to a helicopter ride with Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. Watch his arrival below.
'While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive, ' Nicki Minaj's ex added. "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".
Meek Mill's punishment was widely considered overly harsh, and his lawyers accused Judge Brinkley of holding a personal vendetta against the hip-hop star.
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Mill's case has been championed by players across the National Basketball Association - including Sixers rookies Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, who reportedly went to visit him in prison, as well - and he has frequently attended Philadelphia games over the years. "I said, I told you to ask them if you can just do two years right quick", he continued.
Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, had received a visit earlier Tuesday from comedian Hart and Rubin at a state correction institution in Chester, Pa., at which he was incarcerated for five months for a probation violation.
In a separate statement, Mill's attorney praised the court's decision and doubled down on his belief that the rapper was "unjustly convicted" and should never have been behind bars. One remarkable thing, which is a clear diss to Judge Brinkley. the justices refused to boot Judge Brinkley from the case, but said she "may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter". A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said in an emailed statement that the Supreme Court's ruling was consistent with the office's position in the case.