meek millThe attorneys will have the opportunity to argue that the rapper's 2008 conviction for weapons and drug charges should be overturned. The Pennsylvania Superior Court granted Meek Mill a hearing in its long appeal, his legal team announced Tuesday.
The arguments are scheduled for July 16 in Philadelphia. Meek Mill has been trying to overturn his conviction due to questions about the credibility of the agent who arrested him.
Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, became a symbol of criminal justice reform after a Philadelphia judge sentenced him in 2017 to two or four years in prison for minor probation violations. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released in April last year.
Shortly after his release, Meek Mill told "CBS This Morning" that many people of color face similar legal difficulties across the country.
"This happens to minorities on a daily basis when they have no voice," said the rapper, "and I just come, it's almost like cities … inside prisons where people have no contact with the world."
He believes that his celebrity status helped secure his release from prison. "I'm lucky to have people with power and a lot of influence to be behind me and talk," he said.
Last month, the chief prosecutor in Philadelphia called for a new trial and judge for Meek Mill, and said that the judge of common causes Genece Brinkley abused his judgment and has been biased against him. Brinkley, who denied Meek Mill's offer for a new trial last year, rejected accusations of bias and rejected calls to withdraw from the case.
"We are waiting for the oral argument before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and, hopefully, the annulment of Meek's conviction," said Jordan Siev, Mill's lawyer, in a statement. "In light of the recent presentation of the district attorney, where he supports the granting of a new trial to Meek and the challenge of Judge Brinkley, we hope that this injustice will be rectified once and for all."