Meek Mill is officially a free man after successfully ending an 11-year legal fight to have his 2008 conviction overturned.
On Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia rapper appeared in court to plead guilty to illegal possession of a firearm related to his case in 2008. In turn, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office dropped all remaining charges against Mill. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the plea agreement will free Mill from facing any further penalty.
Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker accepted Mill’s plea, saying, “I know it’s been a long road for you, and hopefully this is the end of it.”
Mill, who has become a staunch criminal justice reform advocate, was surrounded by supporters in the courtroom gallery and outside of the Stout Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia.
“Meek free, I’m not on probation anymore,” the “Dreams and Nightmares” rapper told fans before hopping on a coach bus.
Last month, Mill’s gun and drug charge conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. According to the court, the rapper’s case had been manipulated by former Philadelphia Police Officer Reginald Graham, who was the only witness to testify at Mill’s trial and had been found guilty of perjury and stealing money during a police raid in 2005.
Mill’s lawyers also concluded based on a statement from a fellow former cop that Graham lied to secure the rapper’s conviction.
Following the hearing, Mill took to Twitter to express gratitude for the overwhelming support and the closing of an exhausting chapter in his life:
I’m extremely grateful that my long legal battle is finally behind me and I appreciate that it has sparked a much-needed discussion about probation reform and the inequalities that exist within our two Americas. pic.twitter.com/noDEA1HaRd
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) August 27, 2019
Many, including Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin, congratulated the Philadelphia rapper on the long-awaited victory.
— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) August 27, 2019
— DREAM CHASERS RECORDS (@DreamChasers) August 27, 2019
On August 9, Free Meek, an in-depth documentary that follows Mill’s story and his tireless fight to dismantle the U.S. criminal justice system, was released on Amazon Video. The five-part series currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.