Meek Mill Goes Straight from Prison to the NBA Playoffs!

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Judge Brinkley denied the rapper bail just last week, despite both the Philadelphia District Attorney and Governor Tom Wolf publicly supporting his release.

American rapper Meek Mill has been in and out of prison for the past decade. Meek rang the 76ers customary bell to start the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat.

The Supreme Court of PA made the decision, overruling Judge Genece Brinkley.

Meek Mill, who was sentenced after violating his probation on a drug and weapon's case regained his freedom on Monday.

A lower court now has 60 days to decide whether he should get a new trial; prosecutors could also choose to drop the charges.

Until yesterday, Meek Mill has spent five months at the Chester State Prison.

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The judge also told the rapper, real name Robert Williams: 'I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court'. Hart, who reportedly saw the rapper just hours before the big announcement was made, shared a photo of them sitting court side at an National Basketball Association game on Instagram. The sentence brought Philadelphia into the national spotlight over issues about inequalities in the criminal justice system, and it also sparked a very public feud between Williams and Brinkley, with Williams accusing the judge of being enamored with him and alleging that the FBI had investigated her handling of the case.

The case became a flashpoint on criminal justice reform, with the rapper supported by many celebrating including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Jay-Z.

"Though I am blessed to have the assets to struggle this unjust scenario, I perceive that many individuals of color throughout the nation do not have that luxurious and I plan to make use of my platform to shine a light-weight on these points", Mill mentioned.

"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", said Mill, whose last album "Wins and Losses" reached number three on the USA chart.

Mill's sentencing in November for violating his probation prompted waves of protest from his fans in Philadelphia and drew support from celebrities who argued he had become just another example of how the criminal justice system in the US unfairly targets black people.