No new judge for Meek Mill

He says he had no authority to move the case.

Kristen Johanson
May 30, 2018 - 11:11 am
Meek Mill leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia on May 30, 2018.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the latest chapter of Meek Mill's legal saga, the Philadelphia native was back in a city courtroom this Wednesday morning to ask a Philadelphia judge to have his case moved. The rap artist is appealing his 2008 conviction, claiming the officer who arrested him lied under oath. 

Defense attorneys argued that since nearly 200 post-conviction appeals involving misconduct by former Philly cop Reginald Graham have been assigned to a president judge, Meek Mill's case should be moved as well.

"This was a case in which a district attorney's office has agreed to a new trial because they do not believe they can support a position that was this police officer's testimony," said Mills' lawyer Brian McMonagle.

In the hearing, which lasted about an hour, McMonagle made a passionate plea to Supervising Judge Leon Tucker. 

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"We believe we got a real fair shake, and his honor really carefully considered the issue," he said. 

But Tucker said he did not have the authority to move the case, because the state Supreme Court has already ruled to keep it in Genece Brinkley's hands.

"We are committed to the cause of making sure that what has happened in this case won't happen in the future," McMonagle said.

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An appeal hearing is scheduled for June 18, in front of Brinkley.