Philadelphia (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill strolled out of prison Tuesday after Pennsylvania' s highest court ordered your pet freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.
Following a five-month campaign simply by his supporters to get him out there, the state Supreme Court directed the Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue a good order releasing him on unprotected bail.
Mill had been sentenced in November to 2 to four years in jail for probation violations.
He had been taken from the prison by heli-copter to Philadelphia, where he rang the particular ceremonial bell at the start of Video game 5 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Miami High temperature playoff series.
" Welcome home Meek Mill, " said the game announcer to the artist, who was sitting courtside next to professional Kevin Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.
Before the game, Mill frequented privately with the Sixers in their locker room.
A team of lawyers plus public relations consultants had waged a good all-out battle to get him separated, leveling fierce criticism at the determine as a stream of high-powered numbers and celebrities visited him within jail outside Philadelphia just hrs before the Supreme Court ruling.
Mill released a statement saying the past weeks had been " a nightmare, " and thanked his many followers and visitors, who included Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Philadelphia Mayor Rick Kenney.
" Although I' m fortunate to have the resources to fight this particular unjust situation, I understand that many individuals of color across the country don' big t have that luxury and I intend to use my platform to glow a light on those issues, " Mill said.
He said he would at this point focus his attention on obtaining his convictions overturned, and that this individual looks forward to resuming their music career.
Earlier this month, inside a major victory for Mill, prosecutors said they agreed with his attorneys that he should get a new test because of questions raised about the arresting officer. The now-retired officer has been among a list of police officers the prosecutor' s office has sought to help keep off the witness stand in cases over the city because of credibility questions.
A speaker for District Attorney Larry Krasner mentioned late Tuesday that the Supreme Court' s decision on Meek Mill' s release was consistent with the positioning taken by their office.
Mill' s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, thanked the high courtroom.
" Meek was unjustly convicted and really should not have spent a single day within jail, " Tacopina said.
In an viewpoint earlier this month, Judge Genece Brinkley, who sent Mill in order to prison for the probation violations, highly defended herself against accusations from the defense she was waging the vendetta against the rapper. She stated the court " has impartially and without prejudice presided over many proceedings in this matter since 08. "
The Supreme Court denied the defense request to move the case to a different judge, but said the presiding judge could opt to remove himself.
This particular story has been corrected to say Work rang the ceremonial bell in the beginning of Game 5 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Miami Heat playoff series, not really the start of the playoff series.
[Editor notes: Eds: 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. With AP Photos. AP Video.]