Meek Mill is finally one step closer to freedom after the Philadelphia District Attorney agreed the rapper should be given a new hearing. On Monday (April 16), Meek’s lawyer announced the rapper was granted a new trial.
“I just wanted everybody to know, that about 10 minutes ago, the District Attorney of Philadelphia agreed to a new trial for Meek,” the rapper’s lawyer told a crowd, which erupted into applause.
According to an April 16 report from The Inquirer, the District Attorney’s Office said in court on Monday that due to questions of credibility about the officer who arrested Meek, the rapper’s conviction on drug and gun charges should be vacated. The admission marks the first time prosecutors have agreed with Meek’s legal time about his questionable arrest.
But Meek isn’t a free man yet. Judge Genece Brinkely, who sentenced Meek to a two-to-four-year sentence in November, will have to agree to vacate the conviction, which she didn’t do today. Another hearing has been scheduled for June.
Now, the Wins & Losses rapper’s team says they will be filing motions with higher courts on Monday to have Meek released immediately. Lawyer Brian McMonagle said the team was “elated” by the District Attorney’s Office’s decision and added that it would be a “reprehensible crime” if Brinkley does not sign off on it.
“Now the fact that he’s in jail is even more egregious,” added lawyer Joe Tacopina.
While Meek did not attend the latest hearing, the rapper recently spoke with Lester Holt of NBC and revealed his plans for the future. “I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself,” he said.
Check out Meek Mill’s lawyer revealing the news of the new hearing below.
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