Meek Mill Gets 2008 Conviction Vacated, Granted New Trial

Meek Mill’s 2008 conviction on drug and gun charges will be thrown out, The Associated Press reports and Pitchfork can confirm via court records. He will be granted a new trial on the decade-old charges “because of new evidence of alleged police corruption,” according to The AP. The judges reportedly wrote, “We conclude the after-discovered evidence is of such a strong nature and character that a different verdict will likely result at a retrial.”

Along with the overturned 2008 conviction, the judges from the Pennsylvania Superior Court reportedly overturned Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley’s probation violation ruling that sent Meek to prison in 2017.

When reached by Pitchfork, representatives for Meek Mill sent the following statement from the rapper:

I’d like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court judges for their
wisdom and transparency in reviewing my case, unanimously overturning
my conviction and granting me a new trial. The past 11 years have been
mentally and emotionally challenging, but I’m ecstatic that justice
prevailed. This positive outcome wouldn’t have been possible without
the support of my family, my attorneys, JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael
Rubin, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and my supporters
who have stood with me through the ups and downs. Unfortunately,
millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and
don’t have the resources to fight back like I did. We need to continue
supporting them. I’m committed to working with my team at the REFORM
Alliance to change these outdated laws and fix our broken criminal
justice system.

Meek Mill was arrested in 2007 by the police officer Reginald Graham. Meek’s lawyers have argued that Graham could not be considered a credible witness and allegedly gave false testimony during Meek’s initial trial. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has indicated that it will not call Graham as a witness during the new trial.

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