Meek Mill is getting a new trial.
Photo Protesters rallied in front of a courthouse during a hearing for the rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia on Monday.
He was sentenced by Judge Brinkley to two to four years in November for probation violations, which included two arrests, including an arrest for reckless driving while shooting a music video in New York City. Instead of agreeing to toss the charges, Brinkley has scheduled another hearing for June and "refused to hear arguments from Mill's attorneys that he should be let out on bail".
20KThe fight to free Meek Mill continues.
Meek Mill's lawyer has said that they will appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It stated that the rapper deserves another trial after it was revealed that Reginald Graham, the officer who arrested Mill in his 2007, is part of a "do not call" list that highlights corrupt police officers.
Earning the backing of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office was a considerable victory for Mill's team nonetheless.
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"They obviously have recognized and determined the criminal behavior of the arresting officer, which dates back prior to Meek's arrest", he said.
A police spokesman said that the office had no comment on the arresting officer allegations.
Among supporters in the crowd was Mill's 6-year-old son who Fox 29 Philadelphia quoted as saying, "I miss my dad very much".
Mill's incarceration has become a cause celebre, with celebrities offering their support and recent prison visits from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat.
Brinkley has been the subject of harsh criticism from Mill's attorneys.
The judge defended herself earlier that month, stating that the court has "has impartially and without bias presided over a number of proceeding in this matter since 2008". But they did say in court on Monday that they believe the verdict could soon be vacated.