Philadelphia District Attorney Says Meek Mill Conviction Should Be Tossed

Philadelphia DA says Meek Mill should get a new trial sparking hopes for release

A dance party erupted in the streets outside a courthouse in Philadelphia Monday after the city's district attorney said rapper Meek Mill's convictions should be vacated and he should have a new trial.

He was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison in November for probation violations.

Protesters demonstrate in front of a courthouse during a hearing for rapper Meek Mill, Monday April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia.

This is not the first time that Judge Brinkley denied Mill his freedom. She has scheduled another hearing for June, and declined to hear arguments on Monday to release the rapper on bail.

After court, Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for Meek Mill, told the Inquirer that he would be filing motions with higher courts to secure Meek Mill's release. "This position was taken due to serious issues regarding the credibility of the arresting officer in the case, Officer Reginald Graham", tweeted Ben Waxman, spokesman for Philly DA Larry Krasner.

TMZ reported that if the Philadelphia District Attorney office's wishes are granted, Mill's 2008 conviction would be thrown out.

The district attorney's office said in a statement that there are "questions about the credibility" of the officer who arrested Mill and others over the years.

"They obviously have recognized and determined the criminal behavior of the arresting officer, which dates back prior to Meek's arrest", he said. The group indicated that Judge Brinkley allegedly requested to re-record Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" and demanded that Mill should switch his management team.

Judge Genece Brinkley was met with swift backlash and even became the subject of an FBI investigation after allegations arose of her having personal motives for Mill's cruel sentencing.

The judge defended herself earlier that month, stating that the court has "has impartially and without bias presided over a number of proceeding in this matter since 2008". For now, the ball is in her court.



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