Philadelphia District Attorney agrees to give rapper Meek Mill a new hearing

Meek Mill

Rapper Meek Mill's drug and gun convictions should be thrown out and he should be granted a new trial, prosecutors said in court Monday in an announcement that led his supporters outside to break into an impromptu dance party.

Last November, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to two to four years in state prison for probation violations on a almost 10-year-old gun charge. He also said he was "elated" by the D.A.'s decision.

Earning the backing of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office was a considerable victory for Mill's team nonetheless. He received a two-to-four year sentence after a pair of arrests while he was on probation last year - one for fighting at a St. Louis airport, and the other for doing wheelies on a dirt bike without a helmet on. His lawyers say they will reach out to a higher court to get their client out pending the trial.

"Now, the fact that he's not out on bail is even more egregious and more outrageous, because the District Attorney's Office just agreed that this conviction should be overturned", said Tacopina.

Many have argued Mill's latest incarceration is the result of a failed justice system.

Brinkley denied a request to release Mill immediately during his status hearing. "It's for every single person locked up in these cages that can't have a news camera, that don't have expensive attorneys", shouted Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill to a few dozen protesters.

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