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Philadelphia District Attorney demands new Meek Mill trial

The new filing with the Pennsylvania Superior Court also asks Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself.

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While Meek Mill has been using his platform to advocate for criminal justice reform, the Championships rapper's own personal legal battle remains ongoing. However, this week, the rapper scored what his team of attorneys are referring to as a "huge legal victory."

On Wednesday (May 21), Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court, asking for a new trial with a new appointed judge.

While Krasner has vocalized his support on behalf of Meek previously, this week's motion marks the first time he has pursued legal action in the matter. In addition for asking for a new trial, the filing also pushes for Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley to officially recuse herself from the case.

In the document, Krasner notes the "public perception of unfairness and bias" throughout Meek's trial, which yielded countless national headlines. The doc goes on to highlight where and how Brinkley overstepped her duties as a judge, such as through checking up on Meek while he was performing community service at an area homeless shelter.

"Williams should be awarded a post-conviction relief in the form of a new trial," the appeal reads. "In the alternative, his recusal motion should be granted and this matter should be remanded for a violation of probation hearing before a new judge."

As previously reported, Brinkley denied post-conviction relief for Meek in a 47-page decision last year, as well as has denied requests for her recusal. In her 2018 ruling, she found Meek in violation of his 10-year probation and sentenced him to 2 to 4 years in prison.

"We are very pleased that the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has confirmed to the Superior Court that Meek is entitled to have his conviction vacated," Williams' attorney, Jordon Siev, said in a statement. "The brief is also significant in that it marks the first time the DA has publicly outlined in writing that it supports Judge Brinkley's recusal based on her 'appearance of partiality' and 'public perception of unfairness and bias.'"

Meek served five months before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his release while his appeal of Brinkley's ruling was pending.

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