Add the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to those in favor of rapper Meek Mill getting a new trial. The DA's office made the statement that Mill should get a new trial during a status hearing on Mill's case.
Mill, who was born in Philadelphia, was sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. As was expected, there was no such empathy from Brinkley today, as she reportedly simply scheduled another hearing for June and dismissed any pleas for Meek's release on bail.
For whatever reason, Judge Brinkley's standing her ground.
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Spokesman Ben Waxman said the prosecutor's office agreed to support a new trial "due to questions of credibility of the arresting officer".
"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.
Former Officer Reginald Graham was revealed recently to have been on former DA Seth Williams' controversial "Do Not Call" list of 29 Philly police officers who city prosecutors were directed not to call to testify.
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She said third party reporting is firstly an important tool for survivors and secondly a tool for law enforcement. The incident was said to have taken place around 10 pm on Saturday near the lookout at Lady Young Road.
Many have argued Mill's latest incarceration is the result of a failed justice system. DA also stated in open court that the prior DA was aware that Officer Graham was untrustworthy as far back as 2005, which was never disclosed to Meek's defense team.
Judge Genece Brinkley was met with swift backlash and even became the subject of an FBI investigation after allegations arose of her having personal motives for Mill's cruel sentencing. A group of supporters are rallying outside of the courthouse and celebrated the announcement from the district attorney.
The judge defended herself earlier that month, stating that the court has "has impartially and without bias presided over a number of proceeding in this matter since 2008".
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