Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is being released from prison on bail, according to multiple reports, after new questions were raised about his original arrest and conviction for violating his probation.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to immediately release Mill, who in 2017 was sentenced to two to four years.
“We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge [Genece] Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”
And further scrutiny has fallen on the judge who had been presiding over the rapper’s probation-violation case. Brinkley had refused to free Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, on bail last week, even after the prosecution’s recommendation. She instead scheduled another hearing for June.
In November, the FBI reportedly launched an investigation into Brinkley over a "possible extortionate demand."
Tacopina told The New York Post’s Page Six last year that the judge showed "enormous bias," including requesting that Mill sign with Philadelphia music figure Charlie Mack and drop Roc Nation, his manager at the time.
“Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with his case,'" a source told Page Six.
The state Supreme Court noted that Brinkley could recuse herself from further legal proceedings, Tacopina said, according to NBC News Philadelphia.
“Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured,” Tacopina said.