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Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill arrived at court on Tuesday to appeal his 2008 drug and gun conviction that's kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade, in a case that criminal justice reform advocates say illustrates racial bias in the system.
Judge Genece Brinkley, the city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation, has a grudge against the performer, the lawyers said, and city prosecutors agree.
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Prosecutors under District Attorney Larry Krasner have filed a motion supporting his bid to toss the conviction and be retried under a new judge.
The terms of probation for Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, have prevented him from even being able to pick up his son from school in New Jersey without gaining prior permission, even though it's just a 15-minute drive across a bridge.
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Mill, age 32, has become a symbol for criminal justice reform after Brinkley, who is also black, sentenced him in 2017 to two to four years in prison for minor probation violations.
The violations stemmed for two arrests, for popping a wheelie while shooting a New York City music video and an altercation in St. Louis, which did not result in convictions.
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Mill spent nearly five months in prison before a court ordered him released last year.
The hefty sentence became a cause celebre for musicians, celebrities and...
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