Meek Mill celebrated a Philadelphia court throwing out his 2008 conviction on drug and weapons charges with a visit Thursday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“Last week, they ruled for me to have a new trial to review the case that I was initially put on probation for,” Meek shared with host Stephen Colbert, referring to last week’s court decision. “I got a label deal with JAY-Z the same day I got the news,”he went on, as the audience cheered.
“I’m not a felon anymore, I’m not on probation anymore,” Meek summed up the situation. “I just have an open case and, it’s looking great.”
Meek also talked about how apparently easy it is to violate your probation, focusing on what he called “technical violations.”
“It could be like making a U-turn; police contact is actually a technical violation,” he explained. “They call it a technical violation because it’s not actually committing crime.”
While the three-judge panel that tossed out Mill’s conviction granted him a retrial, the panel also cited new evidence of corruption in his original case that would likely lead to an acquittal, meaning a retrial is unlikely.
Meek’s legal odyssey, and his fight for criminal justice reform, are the subject of a new five-part Amazon docu-series entitled Free Meek. It premieres August 9 on Amazon Prime.
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