Meek Mill Granted New Trial; Could Mean End to Legal Saga
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s long-running court battle took another turn as he was granted a new trial Wednesday – a development that could lead to an end of his 12-year legal saga.
The decision was handed down by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Now that Mill has been granted a new trial, Philadelphia prosecutors could choose to retry the case or drop it altogether.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office has said it will not call the police officer who was the sole prosecution witness in Mill’s trial because of doubts about his credibility.
The rapper was originally sentenced to 11 to 23 months following his conviction on 2007 gun and drug offenses. His non-jury trial featured only one witness for the prosecution, former Philadelphia Police Officer Reginald Graham.
Graham has since been added to a list of Philadelphia police officers who were deemed untrustworthy witnesses by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Graham also was found to have stolen money in a drug bust and lied to the FBI by Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs, according to reporting by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A call to the district attorney’s office asking if it will pursue a new trial has not been returned.