Meek Mill was back in court on Tuesday (July 16) with hopes of having his 2008 gun and drug conviction that has impeded much of his adult life overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Though a ruling wasn’t immediately given following the 30-minute proceeding, political commentator Van Jones shared his confidence that the rapper’s conviction will be vacated in a timely manner.
“We think we are three to six weeks away from a decision in this case that will right an injustice that has been on the books and ruining Meek’s life,” the REFORM Alliance CEO told the crowd of reporters outside the courthouse.
“This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward,” he said. “I have been in criminal justice for 25 years, I’ve never seen a district attorney’s office be calling for a new trial at the same time the defendant is calling for a new trial.”
The original arresting officer of Meek, Reginald Graham, has been discredited and placed on the District Attorney’s “Do Not Call” list for his misconduct as an officer. The controversial judge in Meek’s case, Genece Brinkley, has also been accused of having unfair bias against the Philly native in her rulings. “That cop cannot be called in the case. So if a new trial is ordered, it is hard for us to imagine the District Attorney being able to go forward,” Jones stated.