Twelve years after his life-altering arrest as a 19-year-old, Meek is finally a free man in every sense. The Philadelphia native’s decades-long criminal case was officially declared case closed on Tuesday (Aug. 27), according to NPR.
Although the Championships rapper did plead guilty to one misdemeanor gun charge, prosecutors ultimately decided to drop the rest of the remaining charges from his rap sheet. Furthermore, no penalties were brought against the rapper, and he will not have to serve any time behind bars.
This past June, a Pennsylvania court ruled to overturn Meek’s 2008 conviction stemming from gun and drug charges and threw out his 2008 conviction. The ruling concluded the 32-year-old’s lengthy legal battle to be granted a new trial. It was a momentous occasion for Meek, who up until that moment had spent a majority of his adult life on probation.
Meek immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the life-altering news in a series of heartfelt tweets. In his first tweet, Meek was overcome with emotion that he can now solidly put his legal woes behind him and move on with his life, aptly summing it up in a few short yet poignant words.
He followed up with gratitude to the many supporters who helped him obtain justice and pledged to continue using his platform to shed light on criminal justice inequalities.
“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,” Meek wrote.
He continued: “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 Dream Chasers Records boss man paid special thanks to his Roc Nation family and REFORM Alliance co-founders for every step they walked with him on his journey to justice, too.
“I want to express my gratitude to all of my supporters, especially Jay-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, my legal team and everyone else who stood by me throughout the years.”
Meek wrapped up his sentiments by making sure to highlight how his case is the norm, not a one-off happenstance, which continues to impact millions of others with a vow to keep fighting the good fight.
“It’s important that we now channel our energy into helping the millions that are unjustly trapped in our criminal justice system,” he finished.
Read his statements in full below.
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