Supporters to rally for Meek Mill

Joann Johnston
April 17, 2018

After months of protests surrounding rapper Meek Mill's incarceration, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to give the North Philly native a new trial, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Photo Protesters rallied in front of a courthouse during a hearing for the rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia on Monday. However, Judge Brinkley, who initially sentenced the rapper in November 2017 to two to four years in jail for violating his probation, revealed that she has chose to wait until June to hear more about this case. Instead, she scheduled a hearing for June, refusing to hear Meek's lawyers arguments that the rapper should be released on bail. The judge - Genece E. Brinkley - did not dismiss Mill's charges during Monday's hearing.

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After court, Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for Meek Mill, told the Inquirer that he would be filing motions with higher courts to secure Meek Mill's release.

Spokesman Ben Waxman explained that the prosecutor's office chose to the granting of a new trial "because of the questions regarding credibility of this arresting officer" The officer is one of the police officers that the prosecutor's office has been sought to keep the stand off in many cases across the town due of credibility concerns. The now-retired officer was among a list of police officers the prosecutor's office has sought to keep off the stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions. "Our office also holds the position that we do not oppose Mr. Mill being released on bail while his appeals are being considered". On April 3, despite growing vocal support from both the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe, Judge Brinkley stated that Mill would remain in jail. "I love my dad very much". The group indicated that Judge Brinkley allegedly requested to re-record Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" and demanded that Mill should switch his management team.

She added that "none of the allegations by (the) defendant constitute evidence that this court is unable to act impartially and without personal bias or prejudice with respect to this matter".

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