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EntertainmentMeek Mill Moves Closer to New Trial — With Unlikely Support from the Philadelphia D.A.

17:40  17 july  2019
17:40  17 july  2019 Source:   variety.com

Meek Mill’s conviction vacated by Pa. Superior Court

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In June 2018, Meek Mill 's appeal for a new trial was denied by Judge Genece E. Brinkley. Now, the "Amen" rapper might receive a legal break with this latest news. Philadelphia 's District Attorney Larry Krasner filed a document that advocates for Mill 's re- trial with a new judge

The Meek Mill conviction saga continues, this time, with some better news than usual. There were rumors swirling around the internet last week purporting that Meek Mill , incarcerated for violating his Brian McMonagle said his team was “elated” by the D . A .’s office decision to support their argument

Meek Mill Moves Closer to New Trial — With Unlikely Support from the Philadelphia D.A. © Matt Rourke/AP/Shutterstock

Before premiering his upcoming, Jay Z-produced Amazon series, “Free Meek,” on August 9, Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill had a far greater show to deal with. And one with twice the drama and character arcs.

On Tuesday, Mill and his lawyers stood before three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges in a Philadelphia courtroom to ask that his 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges be tossed out and a new trial be set. Even before Tuesday’s hearing, lawyers on both sides had already agreed that the most damning testimony during the initial 2008 conviction was based on poor evidence from, and credibility issues with, “a bad cop,” in the words of Mill’s appellate attorney, Kim M. Watterson — and that such testimony be thrown out going further. The sole witness at the original trial was the now-retired Reginald Graham, who later was placed on the Philadelphia district attorney’s office “do not call” list due to his history of misconduct.

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Meek Mill has scored a legal victory. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court asking for a new trial with a different judge. On Wednesday (May 22), the D . A .’s Office filed documents stating that Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office asked the state's Superior Court on Wednesday to permit a new trial for Meek Mill along with a new judge Her decision was decried as draconian by the "#FreeMeek" movement, and the D . A .'s office seems to agree. In the third and final point in the filing's

Though clearly pleased and smiling, Mill and his lawyers did not speak on the way out of the Center City courthouse. Instead, Van Jones, the CEO of REFORM Alliance, spoke for Mill and on behalf of REFORM, stating confidently that Mill’s conviction would be overturned completely within two months.

“I have been in criminal justice for 25 years, and I have never seen a district attorney’s office be calling for a new trial at the same time the defendant is calling for a new trial,” said Jones. “We are one step closer to justice. This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward.”

(via CBS News)

Also in the mix at the July 16 hearing: a long held request for fresh adjudication. Mill’s original 2008 judge, Genece Brinkley, sent Mill back to prison in 2017 after she found he’d violated his probation  with minor technical probation violations and returned him to prison for 2-4 years. Brinkley had also denied Mill’s continued bids for a new trial, stating in court papers that she did not believe Mill’s lawyers or the D.A.’s office had sufficiently proved the evidence used to secure his original 2007 arrest was tainted.

Meek Mill back in court seeking to overturn conviction on drug and gun charges

Meek Mill back in court seeking to overturn conviction on drug and gun charges Rapper Meek Mill's legal saga continues Tuesday in Superior Court, where he is trying to get his 2008 conviction on drug and gun charges overturned. His defense team wants to get his conviction thrown out because of credibility issues with the officer who testified against him. Mill's attorneys say other convictions involving that officer have been tossed, so why not his? Ahead of the court hearing, Mill spoke to CBS's Gayle King about life on probation. "You have to get permission to travel," said King. "Yes," said Mill, "even if it's to the next county over, if it's out of the city.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that's kept the Prosecutors under District Attorney Larry Krasner have filed a motion supporting his bid to toss the conviction and be retried under a new judge.

Supporters rally as Meek Mill speaks after leaving the Philadelphia Criminal Justice in Center City in June. I support D . A . Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams ( Meek Mill ). Right now, I have to move perfectly because if I make a mistake, everybody's going to move against me.

State prosecutors have been on Mill’s side for some time, as they did not oppose his release on bail after the rapper got thrown back in prison for a few months in late 2017, and even argued that Brinkley had exhibited bias against the entertainer.

What made the July 16 hearing fascinating was that the prosecuting body, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office — led by controversially liberal D.A. Larry Krasner — also agreed that the police officer was an unreliable witness, and that Brinkley had repeatedly shown bias in her decisions. One of the three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges even told Mill (resplendent in an all-black suit and Dior pin) and his attorneys that if the appellate court ruled the rapper should be granted a new trial, procedural guidelines required that his case would be transferred to a judge other than Brinkley.

In keeping with the mission of the REFORM Alliance to dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system, Van Jones said outside the courthouse that Mill wasn’t just doing this for himself but for countless other incarcerated souls victimized by that same system.

It ain’t over yet, but it’s far closer to having Mill remove the stain of a decade-plus conviction from his record.

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