Meek Mill has been fighting the same conviction for a decade, but now the Associated Press reports that a Pennsylvania appeals court has overturned that conviction. Three judges came to a unanimous decision on Wednesday to give the rapper a new trial, citing clear police corruption. “The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but I’m ecstatic that justice prevailed,” Meek said in a statement on the decision.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation conviction, which was what sent him back to prison in 2017. This is the same judge, Genece Brinkley, who allegedly held a vendetta against Meek, with numerous supporters of his including Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin among those fighting to have the judge removed. In the new case, which could be dropped by prosecutors, the police officer who was the only prosecution witness will not be called over credibility worries.
A Pennsylvania appeals court throws out rapper Meek Mill's decade-old conviction in a drug and gun case. The decision grants the rapper a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption. https://t.co/BAP6v0Uni3
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 24, 2019
I’m not on probation right now…new label deal with jayz!!! Today was lit already 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ “wtf GOD” you be acting a fool 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 24, 2019
Here’s Meek’s complete statement on the matter:
“I’d like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court judges for their wisdom and transparency in reviewing my case, unanimously overturning my conviction and granting me a new trial. The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but I’m ecstatic that justice prevailed. This positive outcome wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, my attorneys, JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and my supporters who have stood with me through the ups and downs. Unfortunately, millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and don’t have the resources to fight back like I did. We need to continue supporting them. I’m committed to working with my team at the REFORM Alliance to change these outdated laws and fix our broken criminal justice system.”