Philadelphia District Attorney agrees to give rapper Meek Mill a new hearing

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asked Judge Genece Brinkley to vacate Meek Mill's 2007 gun and drug conviction on Monday morning, potentially leading to a new trial. The judge denied the rapper's request for release during Monday's status hearing, but it was also during this hearing that Meek Mill learned he would receive a new trial. He received a two-to-four year sentence after a pair of arrests while he was on probation last year - one for fighting at a St. Louis airport, and the other for doing wheelies on a dirt bike without a helmet on. Instead of agreeing to toss the charges, Brinkley has scheduled another hearing for June and "refused to hear arguments from Mill's attorneys that he should be let out on bail".

Protesters demonstrate in front of a courthouse during a hearing for rapper Meek Mill, Monday April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia. "This position was taken due to serious issues regarding the credibility of the arresting officer in the case, Officer Reginald Graham", tweeted Ben Waxman, spokesman for Philly DA Larry Krasner.

"The district attorney's office also has proven a great deal of integrity in granting our request a fresh study", McMonagle explained. The now-retired officer was among a list of police officers the prosecutor's office has sought to keep off the stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions. On April 3, despite growing vocal support from both the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe, Judge Brinkley stated that Mill would remain in jail.

She added that "none of the allegations by (the) defendant constitute evidence that this court is unable to act impartially and without personal bias or prejudice with respect to this matter".

As previously noted, Meek served eight months in prison and began five year's probation in 2009, but probation violations resulted in five more months in prison in 2013 and an extension of his probation.

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