Meek Mill is currently waiting for a new hearing that will decide his future to begin, but it appears others who are in a similar situation have received some good news. It’s been revealed today (April 20) that three inmates who were arrested by corrupt cop Reginald Graham, the same officer who arrested Meek Mill, have been freed after they followed in the Wins and Losses artist’s footsteps and filed Post-Conviction Relief Act petitions.
Three inmates have reportedly been released from prison by Philadelphia Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, who reviewed the their cases and made the decision without a court hearing, unlike Meek’s current situation. If you recall, it was decided that Meek’s case needed a further hearing which won’t take place until June 18 after Judge Genece Brinkley denied his PCRA, despite the fact that the Philadelphia District Attorney supported Meek’s bid for freedom.
Meek released a statement to XXL regarding the freedom of the three inmates, and also expressed his frustrations with the status of his own case.
“Today, I am thankful that three people’s cases were dismissed by Judge Woods-Skipper after the DA took the exact position that he took in my case, which is agreed to PCRA-relief,” he states. “All these cases involved Reginald Graham and there are another 105 cases that just filed PCRAs with the same corrupt cop. Although my case was the first filed and the DA agreed to my new trial, the Judge in my case decided it should wait for a hearing until June 18 yet the other three cases didn’t need a hearing.”
Meek’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, also responded to the news in a statement with XXL, sharing his anger over Meek’s delayed hearing, which keeps him in prison for at least another two months.
“Today’s quick and decisive action by Judge Woods-Skipper to immediately dismiss three cases upon agreement from the District Attorney’s office without the need for a hearing highlights the injustice and inequitable treatment being visited upon Meek,” McMonagle explains. “As was expressed in court on Monday to Judge Brinkley, there is no reason to delay Meek’s case for 60 days or to hold a hearing as the District Attorney agrees that a new trial is warranted.”
Last year, Meek was sentenced to a two-to-four-year sentence in November 2017 for violating his probation and was denied bail at the time. He and his legal team have been vigorously fighting with the court system for his freedom since his sentencing. They have continuously accused Judge Brinkley has a personal vendetta against him, and have attempted to get her removed from his case.
Hopefully Meek can see a release soon and his case can receive the justice that it deserves. We will keep you updated on his status.
By: Lindsey India