Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports completely new Trial for Meek Mill


Protesters rallied in front of a courthouse during a hearing for the rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia on Monday.

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

In a hearing before Judge Genece E. Brinkley, prosecutors said of which Meek Mill’s 2008 conviction on drug as well as firearm charges should be vacated, pointing to questions about the credibility of his arresting officer.

Any decision to grant a completely new trial could have to be made by Judge Brinkley, who has overseen the rapper’s case for years as well as who sentenced him to prison in November for probation violations. She has scheduled another hearing for June, as well as declined to hear arguments on Monday to Discharge 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.

Meek Mill, whose given name can be Robert Rahmeek Williams, can be incarcerated in a state prison in Chester, Pa., southwest of Philadelphia. He served eight months in prison after being convicted on charges related to the possession of drugs as well as guns. He was released in 2009 as well as was then placed on probation for 5 years, though of which period has been extended once or twice.


The rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia last year.

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He was sentenced by Judge Brinkley to two to four years in November for probation violations, which included two arrests, including an arrest for reckless driving while shooting a music video in completely new York City.

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