Philadelphia prosecutor supports new trial for Meek Mill

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Looks like Meek Mill might be coming home soon!

Monday, April 16th The Philadelphia district attorney’s office threw its support behind a campaign to overturn the conviction of the rapper Meek Mill, the latest turn in a decade-old drug and guns conviction.

In a hearing before Judge Genece E. Brinkley, prosecutors said that Meek Mill’s 2008 conviction on drug and firearm charges should be vacated, pointing to questions about the credibility of his arresting officer.
Any decision to grant a new trial would have to be made by Judge Brinkley, who has overseen the rapper’s case for years and who sentenced him to prison in November for probation violations. She has scheduled another hearing for June, and declined to hear arguments on Monday to release the rapper on bail.

Still, supporters of Meek Mill, who had previously scheduled a rally outside the courthouse during the hearing, greeted the news with cheers.

This case has been a rallying cry for criminal justice reformers, who have called the sentence heavy-handed. In November, the rapper Jay-Z wrote in an Op-Ed for The New York Times that Meek Mill’s case was just “one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”
Meek Mill’s lawyers have also accused Judge Brinkley of inappropriate behavior and bias.

“The fact that he’s still in jail is mind-boggling,” Joe Tacopina, one of Meek Mill’s lawyers, said in an interview on Monday. “Under what other scenario in this country does a guy stay in jail when the district attorney just acknowledged that his conviction needs to be overturned?”

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