Written by Judaea Payne
Meek Mill is finally a free man. The Championships rapper has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge, FINALLY ending a 12-year legal battle that’s kept him on probation for most of his adult life. The rapper reached a plea agreement in Philadelphia on Tuesday after a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned his 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges.
In a statement on Tuesday, Meek Mill said: “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. I have always told the truth — that as a teenager, who saw many around me die from senseless gun violence, I carried a gun for protection. I take responsibility for that and — in conjunction with my work on the REFORM Alliance — I’ll continue to use my platform to make communities safer and reform our criminal justice system.”
The case caught media attention in 2017 cause of the handling of the case, after Meek Mill was wrongfully sentenced to four years in prison for technical violations while on probation, including two arrests that did not lead to any convictions. The rapper served five months before he was granted bail.
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