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Prosecutor wants Meek Mill's drug and gun convictions tossed

Prosecutor wants Meek Mill's drug and gun convictions tossed

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said in court Monday that the Philly rapper's gun- and drug-related convictions from 2008 should be overturned, after the credibility of Mill's arresting officer was recently impugned. The city's district attorney says Mill's convictions should be vacated and he should have a new trial. 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. However, Judge Brinkley, who initially sentenced the rapper in November 2017 to two to four years in jail for violating his probation, revealed that she has chose to wait until June to hear more about this case.

Meek Mill's legal team and Judge Brinkley have clashed throughout the rapper's case. Another hearing was advised by her June.

Meek Mill's lawyer has said that they will appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Spokesman Ben Waxman said the prosecutor's office agreed to support a new trial "due to questions of credibility of the arresting officer".

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Earning the backing of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office was a considerable victory for Mill's team nonetheless. It stated that the rapper deserves another trial after it was revealed that Reginald Graham, the officer who arrested Mill in his 2007, is part of a "do not call" list that highlights corrupt police officers.

Mill's incarceration is getting a important cause celebre, with celebrities that provide their support and jail visits from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Still, supporters of Meek Mill, who had previously scheduled a rally outside the courthouse during the hearing, greeted the news with cheers.

The judge defended herself this month, saying the court has "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008".