- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday overturned rapper Meek Mill’s conviction in a drug and gun case that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for criminal justice reform.
The unanimous three-judge opinion granted the rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption and said he would likely be acquitted if the case is retried.
“We conclude the after-discovered evidence is of such a strong nature and character that a different verdict will likely result at a retrial,” the opinion said.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation findings that sent the entertainer back to prison in 2017 for five months, and, in a rare move, pulled her off the case.
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley had kept Williams on probation for 10 years over his arrest in 2007 at age 19. He is now 32 and has been called back to court repeatedly over technical violations of his parole, many of them involving travel issues as he has risen to fame under the mentorship of music mogul Jay-Z.
Mill became a symbol for criminal justice reform after Brinkley sent him back to prison in 2017.
Reginald Graham, the officer who testified at the rapper’s trial, said Williams pointed a gun at him during a 2007 arrest outside his southwest Philadelphia home. Williams has denied pointing a gun at police.
Meek’s lawyers have argued that Graham could not be considered a credible witness and allegedly gave false testimony during Meek’s initial trial.
Calls seeking comment from prosecutors about whether they plan to retry the case were placed Wednesday.
Assistant District Attorney Paul George said in court last week that the office wouldn’t call Graham due it its “legal, ethical and constitutional obligations.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day