On Tuesday (July 16) afternoon, Meek Mill returned to court in efforts of having a decade-old conviction removed from his record.
The Championships rapper, his lawyers and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office presented in front of the Superior Court judges in a Philly courtroom, stating he should receive a new trial for his 2008 drug-and-gun conviction. The new trial is being seeded due to credibility issues of the officer who made the arrest. In addition, further proceedings are being requested to be transferred to a new judge in Common Pleas Court.
If the petition is successful, the new trial could bring an end to Mill’s legal issues as the case may not be tried again due to questionable evidence.
The Philadelphia Inquirer detailed the decision may not return for weeks or months and there was no indication on how the ruling would return. The promising detail from the court came from Judge Jack A. Panella who detailed a new trial would almost certainly not be presided over by Judge Genece E. Brinkley. Brinkley has presided over Mill’s case for the last decade and is accused of questionable practices, creating additional hurdles for the rapper and unjustly jailing the rapper for probation violations. Brinkley sent the “Dreams & Nightmares” rapper to prison in 2017.
A previous effort to receive a new trial was denied by Brinkley who stated the evidence provided was not sufficient.
After court on Tuesday, CNN commentator and leader of the REFORM Alliance spoke outside to reporters.
“We are one step closer to justice. This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward,” Jones said. “I have been in criminal justice for 25 years, I’ve never seen a district attorney’s office calling for a new trial at the same time the defendant is calling for a new trial.
“Meek Mill should have never been convicted in the first place. He was convicted on the testimony on a completely disgraced and discredited police officer.”
Meek Mill has been on probation since 2008, and today he has a hearing to finally get his decade-old case overturned.
The Philly emcee was sentenced to five years on probation after his gun and drug arrest 11 years ago. His probation has been conveniently extended as he kept himself out of trouble for nine years until just recently when he was arrested in New York City and sentenced to two to four years in jail just for popping a wheelie in the street to impress some children. His life has changed forever and he is officially a prison reform advocate.
His ongoing battle with this case has been well-documented, as he accused Judge Genece Brinkley of being biased against him. Meek will talk about the injustices he faced to millions of people when his special with Gayle King airs on CBS Tuesday morning.
In the clip below, Meek Mill reveals that he needs permission to travel out of the local area.
“Even if it’s to the next county over. If it’s out of the city, if you don’t ask for permission, you could get the rest of your probation time given to you as jail time legally.” He explained picking his son up from school was impossible with these ridiculous restrictions. “My son lived in New Jersey, but I lived in Philadelphia, and the bridge is a 15-minute ride. It’s just a bridge. I couldn’t go get my son from school when I wanted to, ’cause you know, some days I would get off work early. I would just have a free day, and I would just want to pop up at my son’s school and get him from school. I’d been out of town for two weeks in a row workin’. Can’t really do it.”
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Meek Mill’s parole case with crooked Judge Genece Brinkley is one of the most high-profile cases in Hip Hop history, as politicians and fellow influential artists publicly advocated for him.
One of those people was Philadelphia 76ers owner, Michael Rubin, who also partnered with the Philly emcee to create the REFORM alliance to fight for criminal justice. During a recent interview with Hot 97, Rubin revealed that another influential figure who went to bat for Meek during one of his toughest times was legendary NBA player, Allen Iverson.
“We have this investigator that’s working non-stop for us and we found a family that’s been tortured by [Meek’s] judge. I remember calling Allen and saying this guy’s a big fan of yours I need you to call him for me… Because everyone’s scared of the judge and here’s a not well off family that’s been tortured by this judge… and I called Allen and said like, ‘I need you to get these people comfortable enough to talk to me.’ Allen called them and spent 20 minutes on the phone with them because he wanted to help Meek and help the situation because he cared that much.”
He also discussed Brooklyn Nets’ recent deals and revealed that people actually gave up their season passes when he publicly supported Meek Mill.
What’s free? Definitely not any hats from Lids that’s for sure. That’s why in an effort to continue to expand his empire, Meek Mill has officially become a co-owner in the hat selling franchise that moves over 28 million crowns per year.
Why no other rapper has thought to invest in the retail store is beyond us but for Meek it made perfect sense, as like most of us, he’s bought a piece of too from Lids over the years.
“I’ve always been a fan of Lids – growing up, I remember buying their hats to match my outfits and look my best,” said Meek Mill in a press statement. “It’s amazing to see my relationship with the brand come full-circle and have the opportunity to evolve as a businessman. We have a great team in place and we’re looking forward to taking Lids to new heights.”
Aside from headwear, Lids also sells officially licensed professional and college sports team apparel online and at their 1,239 retail stores across the country. Not a bad move, Meek.
His new business partners couldn’t be more excited about the new addition to their team.
“It’s truly a pleasure to welcome Meek to the Lids ownership team,” said Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson, via a press statement. “From afar, I’ve respected Meek’s zeal for music and criminal justice reform, and I know that enthusiasm will translate to our work with Lids. His business acumen, passion for fashion and creative outlook will be vital to making us a more versatile brand.”