Meek Mill's Lawyers File Petition to Get Rapper's Conviction and Sentencing Vacated

Meek Mill arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia on Nov. 6 2017

TMZ reports that Mill has filed legal documents asking for his conviction on a 2007 drug possession charge be overturned, arguing that Philadelphia police officer Reginald Graham lied in court.

Meek Mill's legal team is requesting the rapper be released from jail on bond due to an allegedly false testimony by a Philadelphia police officer in his 2008 trial.

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Meek Mill's attorney is trying to get the rapper's conviction overturned after the police officer who originally arrested him featured on a list of "tainted" cops compiled by the District Attorney. The "Wins and Loses" rapper is now in prison for violating probation stemming from that case, but documents say Graham's past on-the-job behavior needs a review. Instead, Graham said Meek simply removed his gun from his waistband to toss it.

Elsewhere in the documents, Graham's history of abuse, lying and racial bias are detailed, based on the affidavit of former officer Jeffrey Walker. Graham retired in 2017 after 22 years and over 400 arrests - his name was reportedly put on the list four months after he left the force. The officers, as reported by the writers of the story, had a "history of lying, racial bias, or brutality, in a move to block them from testifying in court". He disputed Graham's claims that Mill pointed a gun at anyone, that officers were forced to yell "drop the gun", and that Meek attempted to flee. Graham also claimed the rapper pulled out an illegal gun and started trying to shoot at them, which the rapper denied. According to the docs, Graham frequently stole and kept money that was recovered during searches and arrests, beat people who were considered suspects and even admitted to Walker that he beat Meek in 2007 or 2008. If charges aren't withdrawn or dismissed voluntarily, Mill's attorneys are seeking a new trial.

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