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Apr162018

Freedom? Philadelphia District Attorney's office says Meek Mill should be granted new trial

20KThe fight to free Meek Mill continues.

According to Philly.com, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said in court Monday during a status hearing for Mill that the rapper, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, should be granted a new trial due to the questionable credibility of his arresting officer, in regard to his initial conviction on a drugs and weapons charge in 2008, when he was 19.     

Should prosecutors "decline to press forward" with a new trial, this would result in the possibility of Meek being cleared of the legal woes he's incurred since 2008.

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. 

Meek was arrested twice in 2017: once in March for fighting in a St. Louis airport, and another in August for recklessly driving on a quad bike in New York City. 

Those charges were dropped after Meek agreed to undertake community service, but just being arrested opened Meek to charges of violating his parole.   

He was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison in November for probation violations. 

Even with the latest news from the Philadelphia DA's office, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced Meek in November, didn't agree to vacate Meek's conviction in court Monday. 

Philly.com adds that Brinkley planned another hearing for June and "refused to hear arguments from Mill's attorneys that he should be let out on bail."   

One of Mill's lawyers, Brian McMonagle, said in court that team would be "filing motions with higher courts Monday seeking to secure Mill's release "immediately." 

Meek Mill wasn't present for the court hearing on Monday. 

He's currently incarcerated at the Chester State Correctional Institution outside Philadelphia.   

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