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

Philadelphia DA says Meek Mill should get a new trial sparking hopes for release

A dance party erupted in the streets outside a courthouse in Philadelphia Monday after the city's district attorney said rapper Meek Mill's convictions should be vacated and he should have a new trial.

Philly's D.A. Office made a rare move Monday morning in court. asking Judge Genece Brinkley to toss the 2008 conviction because it says prosecutors back then were fully aware Meek's arresting officer, Reginald Graham, was dirty - but sat on the info.

It will still be up to the judge overseeing Mill's case to determine whether a new trial actually takes place.

Spokesman Ben Waxman said the prosecutor's office agreed to the granting of a new trial "due to questions of credibility of the arresting officer".


Mill's incarceration has become a major 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.

Assistant District Attorney Liam Riley declined a request for comment after the hearing, tough his office has said it would not oppose Mill's release on bail, a position which also drew support from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. "He picks me up from school". They have unsuccessfully appealed the sentence multiple times and have called for Brinkley to recuse herself. She did set another court date in June, however.

Mill, 30, tweeted a quote from attorney Angelo Pinto shorty after Monday's announcement.

For whatever reason, Judge Brinkley's standing her ground.

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