Judge drops cases of Meek Mill’s arresting officer
Meek Mill’s lawyers are unhappy with Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley after three people were released without the need for a hearing — all of them initially put in jail by the rapper’s arresting officer Reginald Graham.
The Philadelphia rapper’s press team said the “attention from Meek’s case sparked hundreds of Philadelphia natives — that were wrongfully imprisoned thanks to Graham — to file PCRAs [Post Conviction Relief Act petitions], seeking to have their convictions overturned or dismissed.”
Philadelphia Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper reviewed the three cases of Michael Allen, Diane Hasty and Lawrence Lockman on Friday as they were later released.
Brinkley denied Mill’s charges from being tossed out and will have to wait until June 18 for a Post-Conviction Relief Act hearing.
Mill and his legal team find an issue that although his PRCA was filed first, he is having to go through a longer process compared to others to be released from prison.
“Today, I am thankful that three people’s cases were dismissed by Judge Woods-Skipper after the D.A. took the exact position that he took in my case, which is agreed to PCRA-relief,” Mill said in a statement.
“All these cases involved Reginald Graham and there are another 105 cases that just filed PCRAs with the same corrupt cop. Although my case was the first filed and the D.A. agreed to my new trial, the Judge in my case decided it should wait for a hearing until June 18 yet the other three cases didn’t need a hearing.”
The rapper’s sentencing has been a roller coaster at best, sparking large support among several rappers like Jay-Z, who submitted an op-ed piece to the New York Times on Mill’s sentencing.
He’s since garnered the backing of the Rev. Al Sharpton and a wave of supporters such as Sixers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and Gov. Tom Wolf.
Earlier this week, District Attorney Larry Krasner announced the support for Mill obtaining a new trial as a demonstration was held outside of the Criminal Justice building on Monday.
“Today’s quick and decisive action by Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper to immediately dismiss three cases upon agreement from the District Attorney’s Office without the need for a hearing highlights the injustice and inequitable treatment being visited upon Meek,” said Mill’s lawyer Brian McMonagle.
“As was expressed in court on Monday to Judge Brinkley, there is no reason to delay Meek’s case for 60 days or to hold a hearing as the district attorney agrees that a new trial is warranted.”