Meek Mill’s appeal for a new trial has been denied. On Monday, Judge Genece Brinkley’s order stated the rapper had “failed to meet his burden of proof,” as Pitchfork reports.
Meek Mill’s attorneys had requested a new trial based on questions surrounding the rapper’s 2008 conviction on drug and gun counts and allegations that the arresting officer, Reginald V. Graham, gave false testimony. Graham was the only government witness during Meek Mill’s trial and was part of the search warrant that produced the alleged evidence against the rapper. The officer’s name has also been listed among police whom the District Attorney has identified as untrustworthy to testify.
Judge Brinkley is also the judge who sentenced Meek Mill in November to two-to-four years in prison for violating probation. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner had previously filed motions stating his office was unopposed to the rapper’s release from prison on bail and in April, the district attorney’s office also recommended granting the rapper a new trial. On April 24th, the Philadelphia Supreme Court ordered Meek Mill’s release from prison on bail.
In June, the rapper’s motion to remove Judge Brinkley from overseeing his criminal case was denied. Meek Mill’s legal team had been petitioning to have her removed on grounds of alleged ethical issues.
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SOURCE: Rolling Stone, Althea Legaspi