"Welcome residence Meek Mill", the sport announcer instructed the rapper, who sat courtside subsequent to actor Kevin Hart, Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, Philadelphia Eagles proprietor Jeffrey Lurie and Democratic Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf. Suddenly the sports world is fighting over Meek Mill, which means ESPN is going to get its hands on the hottest prisoner of 2018.
Meek Mill, whose legal name is Robert Williams, was sentenced in November to two-four years in state prison for probation violations stemming from his 2008 conviction.
Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, was arrested in August a year ago for reckless driving.
Per the court docket, Brinkley now has 60 days to address the defense team's post-conviction relief motion, which will hinge on whether Graham's testimony should be thrown out, and whether that testimony was central enough to Mill's conviction to warrant a new trial. He was originally arrested for his involvement in a fight at St. Louis airport (the charges were later dropped), and for reckless driving in NY. 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".
Numerous rapper's most high profile supporters visited him in prison and spoke out on his behalf.
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Mill issued a statement saying the past months had been "a nightmare", and thanked his many supporters and visitors, who included Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
"To the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice - not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct", he said.
In addition to street rallies, Mill enjoyed the support of celebrities including hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation management signed Mill. "I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues", Meek shared.
He mentioned he would focus his consideration on getting his convictions overturned and look ahead to resuming his music profession.
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 USA unfairly targets black people.