Rapper Meek Mill is getting a new trial.
Any decision to grant a new trial would have to be made by Judge Brinkley, who has overseen the rapper's case for years and who sentenced him to prison in November for probation violations. Mill, 30, has been in prison since November for a parole violation, on charges that stem from 2008.
One of Mill's lawyers, Brian McMonagle, said in court that team would be "filing motions with higher courts Monday seeking to secure Mill's release "immediately". The now-retired officer was among a list of police officers the prosecutor's office has sought to keep off the stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions.
"The district attorney's office also has proven a great deal of integrity in granting our request a fresh study", McMonagle explained. The DA also stated in open court that the prior DA was aware that Officer Graham was untrustworthy as far back as 2005, which was never disclosed to Meek's defense team.
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Meek Mill, whose given name is Robert Rahmeek Williams, is incarcerated in a state prison in Chester, Pa., southwest of Philadelphia.
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".
Brinkley has been the topic of tough criticism against Mill's lawyers.
The judge defended herself this month, saying the court has "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008". But they did say in court on Monday that they believe the verdict could soon be vacated.