Meek Mill and his team have scored a legal victory, one that they have been in pursuit of for years. As reported on Tuesday (June 4), the Philadelphia rapper has been granted a hearing in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
The legal milestone arrives two weeks after the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court, requesting that Meek receive a new trial with a new judge. According to court documents, the request for an appellate court hearing was approved on Monday (June 3).
"We're looking forward to the oral argument before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and to, hopefully, having Meek's conviction vacated," Mill's attorney Jordan Siev said in a statement. "In light of the District Attorney's recent filing, where he supports the granting of a new trial to Meek and the recusal of Judge Brinkley, we hope to have this injustice rectified once and for all."
As previously reported, Meek's legal team has asked Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself from the case on multiple occasions, citing an unfair bias. In June 2018, she denied Meek a new trial, as well as refused to remove herself from his case.
Last month, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner filed an appeal on Meek's behalf, arguing that he has the right to a new trial with a different judge. In the motion, he highlights the "public perception of unfairness and bias" throughout Meek's highly publicized trial, as well as noted instances where Brinkley overstepped her duties as a judge.
As reported, at the center of Meek's long-running legal battle is former Philadelphia police officer Reginald Graham, who was the sole officer who testified when Meek was arrested on gun and drug charges in 2007.
Graham, along with others in the police department, has had his credibility called into question and appears on an internal "Do Not Call" to testify list kept by the D.A.'s office. Given that several other cases involving Graham have been overturned and as a result of the request for a new hearing being approved, Meek will now have the opportunity to overturn his original conviction.
Meek Mill was previously sentenced by Brinkley to two-to-four years in prison for minor probation violations. He is now dedicated to working with his REFORM Alliance and legislators to help change the probation and parole system in Pennsylvania. He is set to next appear in court on July 16.