Philly DA's Office Supports New Trial For Rapper Meek Mill

Kristen Johanson
April 16, 2018 - 10:29 am
Hip hop recording artist Meek Mill performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says it supports a new trial for jailed rapper Meek Mill. However, Mill is still not being released from jail, so his attorneys are asking for an appeal.

At a hearing Monday morning, the DA's Office told Judge Genece Brinkley it was willing to vacate Mill's conviction and request a new trial. 

Defense Attorney Brian McMonagle handled the arguments which surrounded the arresting officer in the case, Officer Reginald Graham, and sworn statements that he may have lied under oath.

"They obviously have recognized that they have determinded the criminal behavior on the part of the arresting officer dates back prior to Meek's arrest that at various points in time, Meek's counsel was not made aware of these improprieties and the possibilty of perjury," McMonagle said.

In a statement, the District Attorney's Office explained its position on the matter.

"This position was taken due to serious issues regarding the credibility of the arresting officer in the case, Officer Reginald Graham," the statement read. "These issues, which only recently became public, have implications for dozens of cases where Graham was the arresting officer. Our office also holds the position that we do not oppose Mr. Mill being released on bail while his appeals are being considered." 

However, the judge denied the request to release Mill on bail. McMonagle said the defense team will reach out to a higher court to get Mill released.

"The judge refused to address the issue of bail," McMonagle said. "Refused to allow us to bring him home today. We now will ask a higher court to do justice in this case, based on this district attorney's position that there should be a new trial. There's no reason in this world for him to be in jail for another minute."

Meantime, outside the Criminal Justice Center, a large crowd gathered with many there holding signs that read "Free Meek Mill." Also at the rally was the rapper's young son, who was holding a sign with a picture of his father that read "Free Meek Mill."