Blessed Up: Meek Mill’s 12-year-long legal battle has ended

The rapper is finally off probation.

Meek Mill has spent more than a decade of his adult life under court supervision. Yesterday, a Philadelphia judge ruled that the 32-year-old rapper is finally no longer on probation. 

The rapper born Robert Rihmeek Williams pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a license, resolving a 2007 case that stemmed from gun and drug charges against the rapper. The Philly emcee won’t be facing any additional prison time and all other charges against him will be dropped, prosecutor Larry Krasner said, as Billboard reports. The negotiated plea comes after an appeals court threw out Meek’s 2008 conviction last month.

“I know this has been a long road for you and hopefully this will be the end of it,” Judge Leon Tucker told the rapper during the court hearing on Tuesday, according to CBS.

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Following the hearing, Meek took to Twitter to share the good news, saying that he was “extremely grateful” for the conclusion of his legal woes. “I appreciate that it has sparked a much-needed discussion about probation reform and the inequalities that exist within our two Americas,” he wrote. Meek also said that he is working hard in his own way to improve the American criminal justice system. 

He later added: “I beat the streets.” Check out his full statement below. 

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Earlier this month, Amazon released Free Meek, a documentary series executive produced by Jay-Z that chronicles Meek’s incarceration in 2017 and the rapper’s fight for freedom. 

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