Meek Mill is awaiting an April attraction in a probation case that’s captured nationwide consideration. Hopes are excessive that he might be granted freedom after information broke that Reginald Graham, the arresting officer and sole witness in Meek’s 2007 gun and drug case, is on a listing of folks that the Philadelphia DA’s workplace really feel are unfit to testify. The information unveiled in a latest Rolling Stone function ought to additional bolster his probabilities and will show that he ought to by no means have been arrested within the first place. Graham testified that he noticed a pre-fame Meek serving a confidential informant crack at four:45 PM on January 23rd, 2007. Meek says he by no means bought crack. His household additionally denies the declare and allege one essential level: he was nowhere close to the place ex-Officer Graham stated he was.
“Our cousin Thelonious was on trial [in Center City Philadelphia, three miles away] and a minimum of 20 of us have been there [from 10 AM to 5 PM],” Meek’s cousin Ikeem Parker informed Rolling Stone. “With rush hour, Meek couldn’t have gotten residence until 6 p.m.” Nonetheless, Graham acquired a warrant to look the home Meek was staying in with household. They raided the house, beat the residents (together with Meek, who alleges that his head was used as a battering ram to open the door) and finally charged Meek with 19 counts – together with an allegation that he raised a gun at Graham.
“I by no means noticed Mr. Williams raise his gun and level it at Officers Graham and Johnson,” ex-detective Jerrod Gibson lately wrote in a sworn affidavit to Meek’s authorized group. “I noticed Mr. Williams raise the gun out of his waistband in a movement that steered he was attempting to discard [it].”
Graham’s former Narcotics Area Unit accomplice Jeffrey Walker additionally scoffs on the notion, saying “that boy [Graham] lied prefer it was second nature! If you happen to had your weapon drawn, [Meek’s] by no means pulling a gun. The second he raised that weapon, he would’ve had one breath to dwell. Straight up and down, they’d have aired him out. We’re speaking closed casket, not open.”
“From 2002 on, we have been principally stickup guys,” Walker informed Rolling Stone. “We’d lie about possible trigger, get an ADA to write down it, and knock down the door of a identified provider.”
Sadly, Meek’s household couldn’t afford the high-powered authorized group that he has now. His then-lawyer wasn’t privy – and didn’t inquire – to the circumstances that would have vindicated him. Moreover, they didn’t pounce on the truth that Graham by no means lab-tested the alleged crack that will or could not have even been seized from Meek. The authorized specialists that Rolling Stone talked to agreed that the lacking lab take a look at would have been an instantaneous “mistrial.” With out proof of the drug deal, there would have been no grounds for a warrant on Meek’s residence – and no gun cost.
It looks like each step of the best way, Coaching Day-level injustice occurred. Regardless of his tough circumstance, Meek is soldiering by way of his sentence. He’s doing it with out one main factor that makes or breaks many incarcerated individuals – visits from household.
He informed Rolling Stone, “I received’t allow them to come. In the event that they see me like this – f*cked-up beard, hair all ganked – then it’s like I’m actually in right here. Which I’m not.” It appears to be like like Meek is subscribing to Jay-Z’s “lock my physique can’t lure my thoughts” ethos, which is healthier than permitting himself to be consumed by his actuality. He informed Rolling Stone that permitting his spirits to develop into as little as his circumstance could be “letting [Judge Genece Brinkley] win.”
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