Meek Mill Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge, Ends Decadelong Legal Battle

Meek MillMany rappers in the hip-hop community are not supportive of 6ix9ine cooperating with the federal government, including Meek Mill The Philadelphia rapper jumped on his Twitter account today to offer some advice to anyone seeking clout on social media. Rubin said he’s spoken with Gov. Tom Wolf, who is completely committed” to probation reform. Rubin said he’s optimistic that lawmakers will send the governor legislation this year.

In February 2011, Rick Ross announced the signing of Mill along with fellow American rapper Wale to his Maybach Music Group (MMG) label. In March 2011, Mill was included in XXL ‘s “Freshman Class of 2011″. 16 Later that year, he released his debut single , ” Tupac Back “, featuring Rick Ross , from his label’s compilation album Self Made Vol. 1 (2011). That same year he released his second single, ” Ima Boss “, also take from the compilation and featuring Ross. The song was later remixed , featuring T.I., Birdman , Lil Wayne , DJ Khaled , Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross. The remix charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #51, becoming Mill’s most successful single at that time. In August 2011, Mill released Dreamchasers , a well received mixtape featuring his urban hit “House Party” and guest appearances from Rick Ross, Yo Gotti and Beanie Siegel among others.

An entire courtroom was in shock. Meek immediately began removing his jewelry. For McMonagle, it was the first time in his 33 years of practicing law that he, the district attorney and the probation department were all on the same page — and the judge refused to accept the will of the parties. The case sparked national headlines and inspired rallies and the hashtag #FREEMEEK. Jay Z slammed the sentence as heavy-handed and pledged to support the rapper. The case simultaneously provided yet another glimpse into a criminal justice system that had haunted Meek since he was 19 — and the community from which he comes for far longer.

spotlights the structural injustices of the US legal system, it repeatedly returns to the quirks of Meek’s case, becoming ever more fixated on the story of a few corrupt cops, an overzealous judge, and a righteous man who suffers for their sins. The film’s shifting thematic terrain produces an unevenness — between the structural and the particular — that the director struggles to resolve, perhaps due to the case’s undeniable strangeness.


One of Amazon’s successes in choosing to produce a docuseries on Meek’s decade-long schlep through the courts is in highlighting the flaws in the US probation system. With over four million Americans on parole or probation, the perceived injustices incumbent in these arrangements have even lead to a pressure group being set up to advocate for change. It is one backed by the likes of Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Jay-Z and Meek himself.

He is now free of the close scrutiny of Judge Genece Brinkley, who convicted him after a short nonjury trial in 2008 and called him back to court repeatedly during a decade of court supervision. Brinkley frequently complained that Williams was “thumbing his nose” at her, and once visited a homeless shelter to check up on his community service efforts. She later reprimanded him for sorting clothes rather than serving meals as she had ordered. He said he was directed to the job.

Meek Mill is a critically-acclaimed multi-platinum hip-hop artist, songwriter and entrepreneur that hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Meek Mill evolved from Philadelphia’s hottest underground rapper to one of the world’s preeminent musical artists, having released a slew of smash studio albums and singles, including Ima Boss,” Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” All Eyes on You,” and Whatever You Need,” among many others. His latest studio album, CHAMPIONSHIPS, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums,” marking his second chart-topper following his 2015 album DREAMS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY. In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers, named after his mixtape series. In addition to serving as the CEO of Dream Chasers, Mill is also an advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States with a focus on creating stronger prison rehabilitation programs, improving the bail system, shortening probationary periods.

PHILADELPHIA – Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Tuesday and won’t serve additional time in prison after reaching a plea agreement in a case that’s kept him on probation for most of his adult life.

These admissions are a symptom of a broken supervision system. Probation is promoted as a path out of the criminal justice system — the promise that proper rules and a tight leash can help people stay on the straight and narrow. That’s not how things work.

Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and walking out of Center City’s Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice to the “Rocky” theme song, Mill declared “Meek freed.” For the first time in 12 years, he does not have to return to court.

Unlike Meek Mill, most Americans don’t have a network of supportive celebrities and substantial funds to take on a legal fight against our unnecessarily burdensome system of probation. That’s why it is critical that advocates unite to push for reforms in states across the country. It is time we stop laying traps and start providing the support people need to succeed and thrive.

Ignoring the obvious irregularities, Judge Brinkley slaps the young Meek with a long-tail” probation sentence, allowing her almost unlimited access to his life. Even when Meek proves to be a model probationer, Judge Brinkley remains unsatisfied. She makes it her personal mission to mold him according to her wishes. She tells him how he should deal with his management, and shows up personally to oversee his community service.

Meek has been granted the possibility of a new trial with a new judge and is due in court on Aug. 6. In the meantime, though, he’s happy to embrace his new freedom and what it means for his life as not just an artist and citizen, but also a father.

The case became a widespread cause célèbre in 2017, after Meek Mill was sentenced to four years in prison for technical violations of his probation, including two arrests that did not result in convictions. The rapper served five months before he was granted bail, setting off this latest round of appeals.

Meek was convicted in 2007 of drug and gun possession as a teenager. Years later, the circumstances of the conviction were found to be highly suspect However, he remained on probation for the original crimes, beginning a painful, decade-plus-long journey of countless probation hearings and numerous trips to prison. To recap: Meek’s defense team requested that the case be reassigned because the original judge, Genece Brinkley, ” exhibited enormous bias” Brinkley declined, leading Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to step in, filing an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court in May asking for a new trial with a new judge. Free Meek captures it all, showing the nearly absolute power the system can have over an innocent person—and how much it takes to break free of it.


Meek Mill told him. Meek made clear the harsh realities of the criminal justice system. Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin only wishes he had believed Meek sooner.

Assistant district attorney Paul George noted in court Tuesday that Williams had no criminal record before or since his original arrest a dozen years ago but added that even though he was a young man at the time, he was adult enough to admit he had a gun”.

The negotiated plea came after an appeals court threw out the 2008 conviction of the 32-year-old rapper, born Robert Williams, last month. The officer later testified against Mill, who was sentenced in 2009 to 11 to 23 months in prison and 10 years of probation.

The plea ended a decadelong legal battle that garnered national attention and became a symbol for criminal justice reform. QRI investigators Tyler Maroney (left) and Luke Brindle-Khym (right) visit the scene of Meek Mill’s first arrest in Philadelphia.

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Meek also signed a recent business deal with Roc Nation to launch his own label, Dream Chasers. Furthermore, the prison reform advocate also just became co-owner of Lids Sports Apparel, the largest North American hat retailer.

Adding the title “corporate co-owner” to his résumé, the rapper, entrepreneur, and criminal-justice-reform advocate Meek Mill is making his first move into the world of corporate ownership with an investment in the sports-apparel retailer Lids, he announced Wednesday in an exclusive interview with Business Insider.

Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper who spent 12 years fighting for criminal justice reform amid his protracted legal battle over probation violations, spoke to fans on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. All other charges were dropped.

Meek is well aware that he’s an unusual case — most people in prison for parole violations don’t have billionaires advocating for them on the outside — but by focusing on the particulars of his case, the series illustrates just how easily well-meaning parolees can get sucked back into the revolving door of the system. Meek says he hopes projects like Free Meek” and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us” will open eyes and raise awareness, all while his recently established nonprofit, the Reform Alliance, is petitioning for more specific changes to the probation system.

By the time Dreams and Nightmares,” his seve-year-old introduction, closed out the show, it resembled a victory lap. That song still defines his career, an unimpeachable summation of the duality facing the Philadelphia rapper. A couple of minutes earlier, Mill tried to convince the crowd that they were millionaires in the making and all their dreams were moments from becoming a reality. It was a man groomed by unmatched self-belief preaching that same stubborn will to never give up to the masses. Life is rarely that easy, but for an hour enough people watched a Philadelphia-rapper-turned-American-symbol prove it’s still a possibility, as long as you have the audacity to dream.

He took up the cause after clashing repeatedly with the trial judge who ordered 10 years of probation and sent him back to prison in 2017 for technical violations. He spent five months locked up before the Pennsylvania Superior Court granted him bail and removed her from the case.

The unanimous three-judge opinion granted the rapper a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption and said he would likely be acquitted if the case is retried.


Perhaps the most fascinating element of his last album, Championships,” was how boldly it managed to encompass his own struggles and newfound role as a political advocate, without letting those struggles define him as an artist. There’s plenty on the album that addresses Meek’s causes, with tracks like Trauma” and What’s Free” offering vivid, nuanced accounts of both the justice system and the larger conditions that cause so many to fall into it. But there’s also a gleefully obscene Cardi B feature, a radio hit with Drake, and plenty of wild, perfectly-timed insults that recall his teenage days as a battle rapper. For Meek, there’s no reason that his visibility as an advocate should lead him to compromise or blunt his rougher edges in the studio.

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