Judge Genece Brinkley has granted an appeal hearing to Meek Mill and his legal team, according to CBS Philly.
On Wednesday (February 14), Meek’s legal team filed a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition in Pennsylvania in the latest attempt to free him. In the petition, which were emailed to HipHopDX, two of Graham’s ex-colleagues — Jerold Gibson and Jeffery Walker — confirm he lied about Meek’s original 2007 arrest.
Defense attorneys Joe Tacopina and Jordan Siev allege one of the arresting officers, Reginald Graham, lied under oath. Meek’s attorneys claim he was wrongfully convicted and are now in the process of filing a motion for bail.
Graham reportedly has a soiled reputation with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office resulting from a history of lying.
In the court docs, it reads, “Officer Graham frequently misused confidential informants and fabricated the alleged probable cause for search warrants. He also lied about the justification for warrantless searches.” They also state, “Officer Graham frequently stole and kept money that he recovered during searches and arrests.”
It’s worth noting both Walker and Gibson were reportedly fired and convicted on theft charges.
Meek’s post-conviction relief appeal is scheduled for April.
(The original version of this story was published on January 31, 2018 and can be found below.)
Meek Mill has been incarcerated since last November, after Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly rapper to two to four years in prison for another probation violation.
The case has grown increasingly complicated since Meek’s legal team accused Brinkley of inappropriate conduct, which includes the notion Brinkley has been urging Meek to ditch Roc Nation management in favor of Meek’s former manager, Charlie Mack.
Despite all the twists and turns in his case, one of Meek’s attorneys, Jordan W. Siev, appears confident Meek is in a good space.
During an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Siev touched on how Meek was holding up after nearly three months in prison.
“He’s doing as well as can be expected,” Siev told DX. “He appreciates all the support, and he’s really excited how the Eagles are adopting his music for the Super Bowl. He’s been in jail almost 90 days on this crazy deal.”
The Philadelphia Eagles, who play the New England Patriots during the Super Bowl LII on Sunday (February 5), bumped Meek’s “Dreams and Nightmares” track ahead of their championship game against the Minnesota Vikings on January 21. It has since become the team’s unofficial anthem.
“Dreams and Nightmares” from Philly’s @MeekMill has become #Eagles anthem. Special teams coach Dave Fipp played it in meeting Saturday. Pregame was lit ???
Malcolm Jenkins says “it just gave us that juice. Ive never heard the Linc that loud since Ive been here” pic.twitter.com/osmmBbKvQu
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 22, 2018
Siev remains optimistic. He added, “We’re hopeful he’s going to be released soon but there’s no timeline. We’re certainly pursuing every legal action available in court. We’re hopeful he’ll be out soon.”
While the Wins & Losses mastermind is definitely experiencing a setback right now, he’s received endless support from his fans and peers. JAY-Z has been especially vocal about Meek’s situation and penned an op-ed for The New York Times bemoaning the judge’s sentence.
In addition to seemingly endless social media support and rallies held in his honor, he’s received visits from Rev. Al Sharpton, activist/former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and, most recently, NBA player James Harden.