Meek Mill’s Conviction Has Been Overturned & He Is Off Probation
Today (July 24) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse, Meek Mill’s 2008 conviction was overturned. After a hearing in the appeals court, the 32-year-old rapper will receive a new trial, as he tells his fans and supporters that he is no longer on probation. Following a 2007 arrest for drug and weapons charges, it marks the first time in more than a decade that the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist can claim that status.
For the first time in more than 10 years, Meek’s future rests in the hands of a new judge. “The unanimous three-judge panel said that new evidence that undermines the credibility of the officer who testified against the rapper at his trial made it likely he would be acquitted if the case were retried,” reports The Associated Press. The hearing was confirmed early last month.
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Philadelphia prosecutors stated in the hearing that they discredit the account of one witness from Meek’s 2007 arrest. Former Philadelphia Police Officer Reginald Graham, who wrote the ’07 search warrant and testified against Meek at trial, was dismissed from the force several years ago for theft and a subsequent coverup. “A police colleague who took part in the arrest later said Graham lied about Williams brandishing a gun,” writes the AP. Graham has also been the subject of a past FBI investigation.
The appeals court also overturned the past rulings of Judge Genece Brinkley, who has been accused by Meek and his defense for showing unfavorable bias. In the court, Brinkley’s credibility to a now-discredited witnessed nullified her ruling. On social media, Meek considered today’s decision a victory, announcing that he was no longer a felon. Throughout the last few years, the North Philly rapper’s legal woes had prevented him from touring, appearances, and collaborations—costing the chart-topper millions in revenue. Upon leaving prison early last year, Meek also told NBC’s Lester Holt how the limitations of his probation hurt him as a father and member of his family.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who has advocated on behalf of Meek in recent years, must decide if his office will drop the case altogether.
Yesterday (July 23), Meek and longtime collaborator/advocate JAY-Z announced a Roc Nation and Dreamchasers Records label partnership. To date, the label has included artists such as Omelly, Chino, and late New Orleans, Louisiana rapper Lil Snupe.
Meek and Jay were photographed celebrating today’s legal and personal victory.