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Meek Mill was freed from prison Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his immediate release. The state's highest court directed a judge who'd jailed him to let the rapper out on "unsecured bail."

The 30-year-old, whose real name is Robert Williams, issued a statement thanking his family and public advocates -- who included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and rapper Jay-Z -- and said he looks forward to returning to his music career.

Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, posted an Instagram photo with Meek Mill on their way to the 76ers' playoff game. Meek Mill rang the team's ceremonial bell and met with several players in the locker room before tip-off. Rubin has been one of Mill's many supporters and visited him several times in jail.

Jordan Siev, an attorney representing Mill, said the legalities of his case were more important to the court's final decision than public pressure from supporters.

"I don't think the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is going to be fully-swayed by any publicity or celebrities or the public speaking out. I think they look at each case on the facts and on the law. But the truth is, all of the public support and the celebrity support is because this was a complete injustice," Siev told CBSN on Tuesday.

Meek Mill speaks
Meek Mill issued a statement saying his time in jail had "been a nightmare" but he will now work with his legal team overturn his "unwarranted conviction."

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, 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 Mill said in a statement before his release Tuesday. "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."

Why was Meek Mill in jail?
In November, Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.

Judge Genece Brinkley, who sentenced the rapper for the probation violation, said he wasted several chances to clean up his act after the 2009 case. The sentence came against the recommendation of the prosecutor who said Meek Mill had matured since his original crime. Brinkley said the prosecutor did not know the case as well as she did and that the rapper just "does what he wants." Demonstrators took to the streets at the time in protest.

Meek Mill was arrested twice in 2017 -- once in St. Louis for an alleged altercation in the airport and another time for alleged reckless driving in New York City involving a dirt bike.


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