Meek Mill’s new bail hearing was a mistake

The court corrected its error, but not before LeBron James spread the news

Meek Mill sits on stage at a local high school in 2016 with U.S. Rep. Joanna McClinton and music producer Kenny Gamble

Meek Mill sits on stage at a local high school in 2016 with U.S. Rep. Joanna McClinton and music producer Kenny Gamble


Contrary to court documents and reports from earlier this afternoon, a hearing to discuss the release of imprisoned rapper Meek Mill won’t occur Nov. 27. No hearing has been set.

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Courts told Billy Penn, “It was an administrative error, and it’s been corrected in the system.”

Earlier this afternoon, Meek Mill’s court docket was updated to indicate a hearing for 9 a.m. Nov. 27. A couple hours later — and after media organizations picked up the news — it was edited with an entry saying, “bail hearing listed for 11/27/2017 was scheduled in error.”

The error would be considered less consequential if not for a certain NBA superstar. This afternoon, LeBron James shared on Instagram a screenshot of a story describing the hearing. It has been liked 199,000 times and counting.

The correction doesn’t mean the rapper won’t eventually get a hearing. Meek Mill’s attorneys have appealed for one, and Judge Genece Brinkley could grant and schedule a hearing as she sees fit. She just hasn’t done so yet.

Meek Mill is not alone in experiencing difficulties with Philadelphia’s probation system. Here’s an in-depth look at how Philly puts more probationers back in prison than the rest of Pennsylvania. 


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