FILE – This June 1, 2019, file picture reveals Meek Mill acting at HOT 97 Summer season Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Legal professionals for Mill will ask an appeals courtroom Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s stored the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade. They are saying town choose who oversees the case and despatched him to jail in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge in opposition to the performer. (Picture by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File) The Related Press
By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Related Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal professionals for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals courtroom Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that is stored the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade.
The town choose who oversees the case and despatched him to jail in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge in opposition to the performer, the legal professionals mentioned, and metropolis prosecutors agree.
Prosecutors beneath District Legal professional Larry Krasner have filed a movement supporting his bid to toss the conviction and be retried beneath a brand new choose.
Mill, whose actual identify is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has turn into a logo for felony justice reform after Choose Genece Brinkley sentenced him in 2017 to 2 to 4 years in jail for minor probation violations. He spent about 4 months in jail earlier than a courtroom ordered him launched final yr.
Protection legal professionals hope to steer the state Superior Courtroom that Williams’ conviction be thrown out primarily based on alleged credibility points with the now-retired police officer who was the important thing witness in opposition to him on the nonjury trial. The officer mentioned the then-19-year-old Williams pointed a gun at him through the arrest outdoors his southwest Philadelphia residence. Williams has denied pointing a gun at police.
Williams has ceaselessly tangled with the choose over phrases of his parole, particularly over reporting necessities and journey guidelines that he says conflicts together with his music profession. Brinkley, after a 2015 listening to that included testimony from Williams’ then-girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, mentioned she “has done nothing but try to help the defendant.”
Williams is a fixture at NBA video games in Philadelphia and has the assist of many high-profile celebrities and athletes. He appeared in final month’s season finale of Saturday Night time Reside, performing beside DJ Khaled, John Legend, SZA and different artists in a tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.
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