Philadelphia's District Attorney Office announced Monday that it supported granting rapper Mill a new trial, as a small crowd of supporters gathered in the rain outside of the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia cheered. The judge denied the rapper's request for release during Monday's status hearing, but it was also during this hearing that Meek Mill learned he would receive a new trial. Mill is fighting for release while appealing a two- to four-year sentence for a probation violation.
Advocates for Meek Millreportedly began dancing in the streets around the courthouse after the news broke and many shared their excitement on Twitter.
20KThe fight to free Meek Mill continues. His lawyers say they will reach out to a higher court to get their client out pending the trial. "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. In February, Meek's lawyers questioned the credibility of a police officer involved in the 2007.
"We are thrilled that the District Attorney's office has consented to the PCRA relief which we requested on Meek's behalf", Joe Tacopina, an attorney for Meek Mill, said in a statement emailed to The FADER.
Meek Mill's mum, grandmother and 6-year-old son, Papi, were in the rally beyond the courthouse, which erupted into cheers immediately after the statement of the district attorney.
Meek Mill, whose given name is Robert Rahmeek Williams, is incarcerated in a state prison in Chester, Pa., southwest of Philadelphia.
The judge defended herself this month, saying the court has "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008". She did set another court date in June, however.