Philadelphia District Attorney agrees to give rapper Meek Mill a new hearing

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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 and guns conviction.

During a status hearing on Monday, Philadelphia city attorney announced that Mill's conviction should be cleared and he should get a new trial, according to CBS Philly. The notoriously biased judge, Genece E. Brinkley, would have to agree with the defense's decision and the prosecution's admission that this might be best, in order to move forward with a retrial.

Philadelphia-born Mill has been sentenced November to just two to four years in prison for violating probation to medicine claim and a gun.


Advocates for Meek Mill reportedly began dancing in the streets around the courthouse after the news broke and many shared their excitement on Twitter. She has scheduled another hearing for June, and declined to hear arguments on Monday to release the rapper on bail. "Our office also holds the position that we do not oppose Mr. Mill being released on bail while his appeals are being considered".

The district attorney's office said in a statement that there are "questions about the credibility" of the officer who arrested Mill and others over the years.

A police spokesman said the department had no comment on the arresting officer allegations. A group of supporters are rallying outside of the courthouse and celebrated the announcement from the district attorney.


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. "I love my dad very much".

The judge defended herself earlier that month, stating that the court has "has impartially and without bias presided over a number of proceeding in this matter since 2008".


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