After fighting for an appeal of a 2008 conviction, Meek Mill has finally been given a new hearing.
What We Know:
- In 2008, Meek Mill was convicted of gun and drug charges. In 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced him to two to four years in prison for violating his probation in regards to the ’08 conviction. Brinkley also denied Meek’s bid for a new trail in 2018. Since then, Meek and his legal team have been fighting to get his conviction thrown out.
- Meek’s attorneys have accused Brinkley of being biased during the case. They felt the sentencing did not equate to the minor probation violations Meek was accused with. Brinkley has denied any accusations of being biased during the case and refused calls for her to be removed from the case.
- Meek’s attorneys are also questioning the credibility of one of the officers who testified against Meek Mill. They argue that Officer Reginald Graham was on a secret list of people with poor or untrustworthy reputations. This list is kept by the Philadelphia District Attorneys Office.
- During this ordeal, Meek has become an advocate for justice system reform. The #FreeMeekMill movement helped him get released from prison five months early. He has even launched a prison reform organization with Jay Z called REFORM Alliance. The organization focuses on decreasing the number of people serving unjust parole and probation sentences.
- Meek’s lawyer Jordan Siev commented on the new hearing. “We’re looking forward to the oral argument before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and to, hopefully, having Meek’s conviction violated.”
The arguments for his new hearing are scheduled for July 16.