Philadelphia DA says Meek Mill conviction should be tossed

Bessie Dean
April 17, 2018

While the fact that his case might help wrongfully convicted Pennsylvanians get retrials, Meek wants one thing the most right now: a fair trial.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office stated in court today (April 16) that Meek Mill's gun and drug-related convictions from 2007 should be overturned and that the rapper should be granted a new trial, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The judge who set Mill to prison has again denied to free him. All of this took place at a status hearing, which was reportedly mistaken for a meeting during which Meek would receive official release terms. It is the first time that the D.A. has acknowledged that the original arrest might have been questionably secured.

Correction: The statement was made by Assistant District Attorney Liam Riley. As it stands, of course, Meek's case remains active, but this verbalized admission in support of the defense's side is a huge step in this case's history.

Mill is now serving a two- to four-year prison sentence for violating his parole stemming from a gun and drugs charge back in 2008.

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Meek Mill has been sentenced to three years from prison for a probation violation in November 2017. In the meantime, his team plans to also file for his immediate release.

Meek's supporters outside the courthouse erupted in joy at news of the D.A.'s request. thinking he'd be released.

Mill's case has drawn plenty of media attention and the advocacy of multiple celebrities on Mill's behalf - a #FreeMeekMill campaign has had high-profile adherents since his incarceration, including 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin- who has become close with Mill. At the time, he was sentenced to eight months in prison and later paroled in 2009.

"The district attorney's office also has proven a great deal of integrity in granting our request a fresh study", McMonagle explained. Brinkley would have to agree to vacate the conviction.

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