Meek Mill is getting a new trial

Meek Mill is getting a new trial

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office stated in court today (April 16) that Meek Mill's gun and drug-related convictions from 2007 should be overturned and that the rapper should be granted a new trial, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 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. 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. "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.

Despite Meek Mill's continued imprisonment, his legal team sounded optimistic. Attorney Brian McMonagle said they will reach out to a higher court to get him released. "Our office also holds the position that we do not oppose Mr. Mill being released on bail while his appeals are being considered". 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.

Mill's incarceration has become a cause celebre, with celebrities offering their support and recent prison visits from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat.

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

"I miss my dad very much", Papi said. Mill's lawyers argue that the sentence is excessive, part of what they call judge's "personal vendetta". She did set another court date in June, however.