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Philadelphia DA calls for new judge, trial for Meek Mill

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (D) on Wednesday filed for rapper Meek Mill to receive a new judge and a new trial in his probation violation case, according to ABC News.

Mill was sentenced in November 2017 to two to four years for violating his probation from a 2008 case. The probation violation allegedly involved two arrests, neither of which led to a conviction. In the filing, Krasner's office argued that Judge Genece Brinkley's court had "abused its discretion" with the sentence and created "the appearance of partiality."

"We are very pleased that the Philadelphia District Attorney's office has confirmed to the Superior Court that Meek is entitled to have his conviction vacated," Mill's lawyer, Jordan Siev, told ABC News. "The brief is also significant in that it marks the first time the DA has publicly outlined in writing that it supports Judge Brinkley's recusal based on her 'appearance of partiality' and 'public perception of unfairness and bias.'"

Mill's sentencing became a national controversy and a flashpoint among criminal justice reform advocates. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his release on unsecured bail last April, saying there were credibility issues with a police officer who served as a witness for the prosecution.

Brinkley has also been accused of personally visiting a homeless shelter where Mill was performing court-ordered community service in 2017. There is no evidence she took such an active role in monitoring any other people on probation, according to Krasner's office.

Mill previously requested a new trial after his release last year and was denied, but the backing of Krasner, a criminal justice reform advocate, may improve his chances, according to ABC.

"Doesn't mean I win ... but that is great news!!!!" he tweeted in response to the filing.

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