#TSRUpdatez: #MeekMill is having a great week and has much to celebrate about! In addition to his new joint record label venture with #JayZ, he’s also getting another shot at justice.
Today, a Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out his decade-old conviction in a drug and gun case, effectively taking him off probation and allowing him to have a new trial, @ap reports.
The unanimous three-judge opinion granted Meek a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption in the case. The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation findings that sent the entertainer back to prison for five months back in 2017.
With these new developments, there’s a possibility that prosecutors could drop the entire case.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office has said it will not call the one cop who was the sole prosecution witness in Meek’s case because of new doubts about the officer’s credibility.
Meek and his attorneys have been fighting for some time now to get him a new trial on the grounds that the judge overseeing his probation violation case, Genece Brinkley, has been biased.
Philly’s District Attorney announced back in May that he agreed with Meek’s team. It’s rare that you see the D.A.’s office side with the defendant in a case, however, the District Attorney felt strongly enough that Meek was being wronged.
The district attorney requested that Meek be retried in his probation violation case and Meek’s wishes were finally granted, effectively removing Judge Brinkley from the case.
If y’all need a refresher, Judge Brinkley sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in state prison, which was eventually set aside when Meek was released back in April of 2018. Since then, he has appealed and asked for a new trial, but Judge Brinkley blocked his shot last June, refusing to grant the retrial.
In docs obtained by TMZ, the District Attorney called out Brinkley’s bias against Meek, specifically singling out a surprise visit she made to a homeless shelter where Meek was doing court-ordered community service.
The D.A. pointed out that’s “not what judges do,” suggesting that is more along the lines of what probation officers who report back to the judge are responsible for.
According to the docs, Brinkley also “abused her discretion” when she handed out the 2 to 4 year sentence for “technical violations” of his probation.
Regardless of what she’s been accused of, she repeatedly refused to recuse herself from the case.
Even the D.A. feels that Meek serves no threat to the community, and had completed drug treatment — and therefore deserves another chance in court without Judge Brinkley on the bench.
With her off the case and the possibility of it being dismissed altogether, we will keep you up-to-date on this story.
TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh