According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Pennsylvania Superior Court recently overturned the trial judge’s parole findings that sent Meek Mill to prison two years ago in 2017 for five months. In what has been described as a “rare move,” the former judge was relieved from her duties on the case.
And on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania appeals court rescinded Meek Mill’s prior conviction regarding drug and gun possession which has led to practically a decade on probation. As a consequence of his treatment in the legal system, Meek Mill, among others, has been fighting for criminal justice reform.
In a unanimous decision from three judges, the rapper was given a new trial on account of allegations of police corruption. Moreover, the judges in the case state that if the case goes to court again, he’ll likely be acquitted.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote the judges as stating that the evidence is strong on Meek’s favor, and a different verdict is likely in the case of a re-trial. As it was previously reported, Judge Genece Brinkley kept Meek Mill on probation for years regarding his arrest at age 19.
Mr. Mill has been called back to court repeatedly over the last 13 years, usually for reasons pertaining to his career regarding his mentorship under the infamous Jay-Z. In other words, because of the continuous need to travel as an entertainer, the rapper has repeatedly violated parole.
Robert Rihmeek Williams has since become a symbol for justice reform after he was sent to prison in 2017. One of the officers at the trial accused Williams of pointing a gun at him while at his home in Philadelphia. The rapper denied all of these allegations outright.
In recent years, criminologists have argued that the United States legal system disproportionately punishes black Americans with longer parole times as well as prison sentences, and often for the same offenses.
Meek Mill, as it was noted above, has become a symbolism for the fight against what has been described as “institutionalized racism.” Coincidentally, this comes at a time when a new documentary has arisen revolving around the Central Park jogging incident, in which young teenagers were accused of nearly beating a woman to death in New York City.