Meek Mill Verdict Likely to Be Reversed

Lawrence Kim
March 17, 2018

Tuesday, Kathy Williams held a press conference and called on the city's District Attorney, Larry Krasner, to step in and help her son get out of confinement. They even said how much he'd grown as a person since the time of his original arrest a decade ago, but judge wasn't having it. Brinkley has overseen his case since 2009 and told him "You basically thumbed your nose at me", when passing down the massive sentence. "That risk increases as long as (Mill) remains in custody".

Since November of last year when Philadelphia Judge Genece E. Brinkley sentenced the 30-year-old rapper to two-to-four years in prison over violations having to do with a almost decade-old case, Mill has become the celebrity face of mass incarceration.

Graham, who is reportedly retired from the police force, was included on a secretive list of former and current police officers whose court testimonies were deemed unreliable by the D.A.'s office because of questions over their credibility.

The district attorney's office said its policy was not to request more than six to 12 months for technical violations of probation and parole, and it was unlikely that the appeal could be decided within six months. Since then, numerous entertainers and activists including Jay-Z, Drake, Tee Grizzley, and Colin Kaepernick have called for Mill's freedom. From there, Meek was shuttled to Judge Brinkley, who has maintained an unwavering belief in the law's ability to settle personal grievances with those at her mercy both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Mill's attorneys Joe Tacopina and Brian McMonagle said they were pleased with Krasner's decision and hope that it will lead to Meek Mill's release.

Brinkley - who Mill's lawyer claimed overstepped boundaries by visiting the rapper and suggesting Mill record specific music in the years since his initial arrest - denied his bail bid in December, citing the fact that he was a "danger to the community". Graham's name has recently discovered on a list of cops with "a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality".

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office filed a motion in Common Pleas Court on Wednesday that states "there is a strong showing of likelihood of [Meek Mill's] conviction being reversed" because of allegations that the rapper's arresting officer in the case lied under oath at his 2008 trial. Due to judicial conduct rules, she is barred from commenting on cases in which she is presiding.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview with RollingStone today, Mill showed no love for the judge, saying, "There's brothers locked down that did nothing to be here but piss off people like Brinkley".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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