Philly rapper Meek Mill still in jail, but will get new trial

Meek Mill Made in America Festival Victoria Ford

Meek Mill Made in America Festival Victoria Ford

Rapper Meek Mill could be headed for a new trial, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. He received a two-to-four year sentence after a pair of arrests while he was on probation last year - one for fighting at a St. Louis airport, and the other for doing wheelies on a dirt bike without a helmet on. Instead, she scheduled a hearing for June, refusing to hear Meek's lawyers arguments that the rapper should be released on bail.

Protesters demonstrate in front of a courthouse during a hearing for rapper Meek Mill, Monday April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia. Since then, he has been unsuccessful in closing this chapter for good, thanks in large part to Judge Genece E. Brinkley. Krasner's office are pursuing a new trial after Meek Mill's arresting officer Reginald Graham appeared on a secret list of police with "a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality" discouraged from testifying, and another former Philadelphia police officer claimed that Graham lied during his testimony when he claimed Mill pointed a gun at him prior to his 2007 arrest.


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. "We are thrilled that the District Attorney's office has consented to the PCRA relief which we requested on Meek's behalf", he wrote".

Mill's incarceration has become a cause celebre, with celebrities offering their support and recent prison visits from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat. On April 3, despite growing vocal support from both the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe, Judge Brinkley stated that Mill would remain in jail. But they did say in court on Monday that they believe the verdict could soon be vacated.

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