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Rapper Meek Mill’s 2008 Conviction Thrown Out by Philadelphia Judge

HeadlineJul 25, 2019

In Pennsylvania, an appeals court has thrown out a guilty verdict against the popular rapper Meek Mill, who was convicted in a nonjury trial in 2008 on drugs and weapons charges based on the false testimony of his arresting officer. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, led by Larry Krasner, supported Mill’s bid to have the conviction overturned; Krasner’s office has not yet said whether prosecutors will proceed with a retrial. The conviction has dogged Mill ever since, keeping him on probation for over a decade. This is Meek Mill, speaking in a video released on Twitter this week.

Meek Mill: “I’ve been on probation, I think, like 10 out of 11 years. I can’t really count no more. Probation—like, who made these policies up? Try to keep people like me down. Like, damn, straight to prison, straight to handcuffs, straight to a 5-by-9 cell with a metal toilet seat.”

Meek Mill’s jailing sparked widespread calls for his freedom, including from Jay-Z, Colin Kaepernick and activists across Philadelphia.

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