On Tuesday (April 24), the Philadelphia Supreme Court ordered his release after almost five months behind bars. Almost immediately, #MeekFree began trending, a nod to popular #FreeMeek hashtag that sprouted while the Philly rapper sat behind bars. Following his release, several public figures celebrated the news.
Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina addressed the news. “It’s so bittersweet,” he told TMZ. “It’s sweet, obviously, because justice has finally been served. Meek is going home to be with his family, where he belongs, but bitter because it’s taken this amount of time. This guy was unjustly convicted 10 years ago by a lying and corrupt cop, who was subsequently named a lying and corrupt cop by both the FBI and District Attorney. Then [he had] a judge who could not be fair and impartial, but really had to go to extremes to try to extract punishment from Meek to take this to a different level of unprofessionalism and a legal vendetta.”
Tacopina also seemed optimistic about the future. “We’re not worried that this case is ever gonna stand,” he said, “because the prosecutor and the defense both agree that the case needs to be dismissed for constitutional violations and overturned. He’s never going back to jail.”
Meek’s Roc Nation boss JAY-Z celebrated the joyous occasion. “Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” he wrote. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) April 24, 2018
Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who picked Mill up from prison, said Meek will “more than likely” attend the organization’s playoff game against the Miami Heat this evening. The rapper may even ring the ceremonial bell, according to The New York Times‘ Daniel Victor.
Just spoke to Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. He said it’s “more likely than not” Meek Mill will attend Game 5 tonight, and he’ll ring the ceremonial bell pre-game if he can get there in time.
— Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor) April 24, 2018
Kevin Hart, who visited Mill with Rubin earlier today, also acknowledged his release on Instagram. “Meek Mill is Frrrrreeeeeeeee,” he wrote. “I just left from seeing him in jail with @michaelgrubin and we were just told that he is being released. Woooooooow……Stand Up Philadelphia!!!!!”