Philadelphia District Attorney Says Meek Mill's Conviction Should Be Overturned
The “Free Meek” saga continues with new developments, but Meek Mill remains behind bars.
On Monday (April 16), Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner told Judge Genence Brinkley that Meek Mill’s convictions should be overturned and that he should receive a new trial, according to the Associated Press.
Following the district attorney’s announcement, fans celebrated to “Dreams and Nightmares Intro” outside of the courtroom. However, Judge Genece Brinkley didn’t budge and instead scheduled a hearing on the matter in June. She also refused to release him on bail in the meantime.
Impromptu dance party at #FreeMeekMill rally. This comes after DA office voices their position to vacate the conviction. @MeekMill defense team on way to file bail motion with higher court (FYI: bad language in this video) pic.twitter.com/dmf0yHR1vj
— Kristen Johanson (@KristenJohanson) April 16, 2018
Krasner’s office claimed Meek’s 2008 conviction should be tossed because the arresting officer, Reginald Graham, was involved in a corruption scandal. “These issues, which only recently became public, have implications for dozens of cases where Graham was the arresting officer,” the District Attorney’s office said in a statement to TMZ.
Earlier this month, Krasner confirmed that he “does not oppose defendant’s application to the extent he requests release on bail pending the current proceedings.” Later, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf agreed with this stance. “Our criminal justice system is in need of repair,” he said. “That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety, and promote fairness. But more needs to be done.”
Meek Mill is serving 2-4 years in prison for probation violation stemming from the 2008 drug and gun case. His lawyers say they will ask a higher court to release Meek Mill on bail. They are also still trying to get Judge Brinkley to recuse herself from the case.
Over the weekend, Meek Mill addressed his ongoing case on NBC’s “Nightly News.” “I think God delivered me the job to helping people, helping minorities that come from these situations, like myself,” he said. “Don’t show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I’ve been going through and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.”