Meek Mill's case opens door to thousands more appeal petitions

Kristen Johanson
April 25, 2018 - 4:34 pm
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid hugs rapper Meek Mill after a victory against the Miami Heat.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rapper Meek Mill's release from prison has prompted more people to question appeal petitions involving other police officers who possibly lied under oath.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted his release based on questionable credibility of a former Philadelphia police officer, who first arrested the rapper in 2007. 

Mill, a Philadelphia native, left a Chester correctional facility Tuesday night following a five-month stint, which led to hundreds of Philadelphians crowding the jail to show their support.

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The Defender's Association of Philadelphia has filed more than 100 post-conviction petitions that involve former police officer Reginald Graham, who is accused of lying under oath.

"Last Friday we went to court, and [President] Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, with the agreement of the prosecutor's office, dismissed three of those 105 petitions," said Bradley Bridge, an attorney handling these cases, which are mostly drug convictions or gun charges.

Graham was one of 29 police officers who were on a police misconduct list, and who prosecutors said was unreliable.

Woods-Skipper is handling most of the appeal petitions, and a hearing is set for June.

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A spokesman from the District Attorney's Office said they are reviewing each appeal on a case-by-case basis. 

Bridge noted with nearly two dozen officers, this could be a tipping point in criminal justice reform.

"We are now evaluating approximately 4,000 to 5,000 cases" involving the other 28 cops on the list "in which we will examine them to determine whether we should file petitions to reopen those convictions also," he explained.