Earlier this month, on March 14, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner issued a statement claiming that his office was “unopposed” to the release of Meek Mill on bail.
With there being a “strong likelihood” that the rapper’s 2007 drug and weapons conviction could be overturned amid reports of a police corruption scandal surrounding the original arresting officer, the city’s governor has issued a statement supporting the position of the D.A.
Taking to Twitter on Friday afternoon (March 23), Governor Tom Wolf commented on the rapper’s case, seconding the statement previously shared by Krasner.
“I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill),” Wolf wrote. “Our criminal justice system is in need of repair. That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety, and promote fairness.”
As previously reported, Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina has filed a second petition to remove Judge Genece Brinkley from the case due to her “unusual interest.” Additionally, this week, Tacopina asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to release the rapper on bail, as well as released a statement commenting on the governor’s position.
“We are grateful for the Governor’s support of Meek Mill and this is further indication that Meek should not spend another minute in jail,” Tacopina shared in a statement with Fader. “Following the District Attorney’s response to our filing, we immediately wrote to Judge Genece Brinkley and she has yet to respond. Never in my career have I ever seen a Governor and District Attorney publicly state that a defendant should be granted bail, yet Meek still remains wrongfully imprisoned.”
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