Philadelphia District Attorney Says Meek Mill Conviction Should Be Tossed
The Meek Mill saga continues
On Monday morning, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office stated that rapper Meek Mill should get a new trial and that the rapper’s gun and drug convictions from 2007 should be overturned.
The admission was made by Assistant District Attorney Liam Riley during a status hearing. It is the first time that the D.A. has acknowledged that the original arrest might have been questionably secured. (Back in February, Meek’s lawyers filed a petition targeting the credibility of the officer involved in the 2007 arrest.)
Even with this new development, the ball is still in the court of controversial Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced Meek to two to four years in prison for violating his probation back in November. Brinkley would have to agree to vacate the conviction. She didn’t do it during Monday’s day in court. Instead, she scheduled a hearing for June, refusing to hear Meek’s lawyers arguments that the rapper should be released on bail.
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. He also said he was “elated” by the D.A.’s decision.
Meek Mill has been incarcerated since November.