Rapper Meek Mill could be headed for a new trial, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
The DA, which made the announcement during a court hearing Monday, supports a new trial due to "questions of credibility" regarding the officer who arrested Mill over a decade ago, spokesman Ben Waxman said.
He was sentenced by Judge Brinkley to two to four years in November for probation violations, which included two arrests, including an arrest for reckless driving while shooting a music video in New York City.
Protesters demonstrate in front of a courthouse during a hearing for rapper Meek Mill, Monday April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia.
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Spokesman Ben Waxman explained that the prosecutor's office chose to the granting of a new trial "because of the questions regarding credibility of this arresting officer" The officer is one of the police officers that the prosecutor's office has been sought to keep the stand off in many cases across the town due of credibility concerns. His lawyers say they will reach out to a higher court to get their client out pending the trial. "We are thrilled that the District Attorney's office has consented to the PCRA relief which we requested on Meek's behalf", he wrote".
"They obviously have recognized and determined the criminal behavior of the arresting officer, which dates back prior to Meek's arrest", he said.
Mill's incarceration is getting a important cause celebre, with celebrities that provide their support and jail visits from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. A group of supporters are rallying outside of the courthouse and celebrated the announcement from the district attorney. Mill's lawyers argue that the sentence is excessive, part of what they call judge's "personal vendetta".
Meek Mill wasn't present for the court hearing on Monday.