Philadelphia's District Attorney Believes Meek Mill Deserves New Trial

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Meek Mill attends the REFORM alliance in Philadelphia at Philadelphia Municipal Services Building on April 2, 2019 in Philadelphia.

For years, Meek Mill has spoken out about what he claimed was judge Genece Brinkley's continued unfair treatment of him during his fight for freedom against the criminal justice system. And for the very first time on Wednesday (May 22), Philadelphia's District Attorney, Larry Krasner, agreed that it was time for the Philly rapper to receive a fresh trial, according to court docs filed on Wednesday and reviewed by Billboard

Krasner said he believes that the court "abused its discretion" when Meek was hit with a two to four year sentence for a probation violation by Brinkley in Nov. 2017. After much campaigning for his release, the rapper was finally freed on bail in April of last year. "The public perception of unfairness and bias is exactly what the court's behavior has engendered here," the D.A.'s office added.

The extensive brief then go on to call out Brinkley for "assuming the role of investigator" when making unannounced visits to check up on the Dreamchasers artist while he was fulfilling community service requirements at a homeless shelter, which "created the appearance of partiality" acting as a judge and witness in Mill's violation of probation hearing. "No evidence suggests that the judge routinely made this type of unannounced personal visit to monitor her other probationers," Krasner continued.

Finding that Meek does not pose a threat to the community and successfully completed his drug treatment program, the Philly DA's office concluded Meek should be granted a new, unbiased trial. 

 

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