Rapper Meek Mill returned to the stage on Saturday night for the first time since his arrest in November 201
Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was released from Los Angeles Prison on April 24, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered him to be released on bail from a two- to four-year prison sentence for serving a probationary sentence.
Mills Legal Saga is a case study of the way the criminal justice system can make life-long legal hurdles out of a single conviction. He was arrested at the age of 18 in 2008 and convicted of firearms and drug offenses. Although he has spent eight months in jail since his release, it has been a probation sentence at a time for violations ranging from a drug test to a booking show outside Philadelphia without a court order. In 2013 he was asked to take a etiquette class; In 2014, he was returned to prison for three to six months for a long list of minor offenses (including "combative" and "disrespectful" meetings with probation officers), and his probation period was extended for another five years. In 2016 he was given 90 days of house arrest and his probationary period was extended again, this time until 2022, 14 years after his first arrest. In 2017, the rapper had two run-ins with the law, one when a dispute broke out after an airport employee in St. Louis wanted a picture with him, and the other after Mill, in New York for a tonight show appearance, posted an Instagram video in which he slammed wheelies on a dirt bike without a helmet. In both cases, the charges were dropped, but that was enough to earn Mill a two- to four-year prison sentence for renewed probation.
Close adherents to the United States' unique approach to law enforcement will not be surprised to hear that Mills initial conviction was initially questionable. Officer Reginald Graham, who arrested Mill and was an important witness in his case, was on a secret list at the Philadelphia police headquarters for her reputation for lying, corruption, or racial bias. Graham testified that he saw Mill selling an informant on a day that Mill said he literally appeared in court on behalf of his cousin; This testimony led to a search warrant, which resulted in a firearm. Mill acknowledged that he had a gun, but said he immediately dropped her when the police arrived, while Graham testified he was taking cover behind a car and looked like he was trying to get a shot at the police close. Mill, who had obviously been wiped out in his mugshot, testified that the police were bringing him back to the apartment where he was staying to beat him up. Mill is not the only person whose convictions stem from Officer Graham's work: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is investigating more than a hundred cases that may have been corrupted by his involvement. (Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's new district attorney, advocates comprehensive criminal justice reform and supports the reversal of Mills initial conviction.) In April, Milly was released on bail but is still on parole unless his sentence is overturned.
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