Meek Mill performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Picture: AP
Meek Mill performing at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Picture: AP

Meek Mill 'ecstatic' after drug conviction overturned

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Jul 25, 2019

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A three-judge appeal panel has overturned Meek Mill's 2008 drug conviction and granted him a retrial.

The 32-year-old rapper has been granted a new trial after an appeals court in Pennsylvania overruled the verdict from 11 years ago and also overturned the trial judge's 2017 finding that Meek had violated the terms of his parole, which had caused the Save Me hitmaker to return to prison for five months.

Meek (real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams) -said: "I'd like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court judges for their wisdom and transparency in reviewing my case, unanimously overturning my conviction and granting me a new trial. The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but I'm ecstatic that justice prevailed."

The three-judge panel also assigned the case to a new judge and in their ruling, they felt that, with new evidence of possible police corruption, the rapper would be able to prove his innocence.

The opinion, which was obtained by People magazine stated: "We conclude the after-discovered evidence is of such a strong nature and character that a different verdict will likely result at a retrial."

A date for the retrial has yet to be set.

Mill has been an advocate for justice reform following his own legal woes and he's vowed to continue that work as he believes he wouldn't have received the retrial decision without the high-profile backing he's had.

He said: "This positive outcome wouldn't have been possible without the support of my family, my attorneys, JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and my supporters who have stood with me through the ups and downs. 

"Unfortunately, millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and don't have the resources to fight back like I did. 

"We need to continue supporting them. I'm committed to working with my team at the REFORM Alliance to change these outdated laws and fix our broken criminal justice system." 

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