Philadelphia DA wants Meek Mill conviction thrown out

Meek Mill Made in America Festival Victoria Ford

Meek Mill Made in America Festival Victoria Ford

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.

Even with the latest news from the Philadelphia DA's office, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced Meek in November, didn't agree to vacate Meek's conviction in court Monday. Judge Brinkley also denied any members of Mill's legal team a chance for Mill to be released on bail.

Meek Mill was sent to prison by Brinkley in November 2017 for 2-4 years for probation violations.

Numerous figures have demonstrated their solidarity with Meek Mill, including Al Sharpton, Colin Kaepernick, and Drake. She has scheduled another hearing for June, and declined to hear arguments on Monday to release the rapper on bail. His lawyers say they will reach out to a higher court to get their client out pending the trial.

Spokesman Ben Waxman explained that the prosecutor's office chose to the granting of a new trial "because of the questions regarding credibility of this arresting officer" The officer is one of the police officers that the prosecutor's office has been sought to keep the stand off in many cases across the town due of credibility concerns.

Former Officer Reginald Graham was revealed recently to have been on former DA Seth Williams' controversial "Do Not Call" list of 29 Philly police officers who city prosecutors were directed not to call to testify.

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

A police spokesman said the department had no comment on the arresting officer allegations.

Among supporters in the crowd was Mill's 6-year-old son who Fox 29 Philadelphia quoted as saying, "I miss my dad very much".

Meek Mill wasn't present for the court hearing on Monday.

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