Meek Mill back in court to end 2007 drug, gun case

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rapper Meek Mill is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to learn if Philadelphia prosecutors will drop a 2007 case that’s kept him under court supervision for more than a decade.

The 32-year-old has spent about two years in prison over a drug and gun conviction, which the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned this year because of credibility concerns about the arresting officer. And the high court removed the city judge who sent Mill back to prison over minor probation violations.

He’s now working with Jay-Z and others on a campaign to promote criminal justice reform, saying he’s not doing it for himself, but others who aren’t in the spotlight.

Mill’s most passionate supporters will be outside the Criminal Justice Center on Filbert Street while the rapper is in the courtroom. In preparation, crews have spent Tuesday morning installing a stage, a sound system, and barricades on the street.

Testimony from the 2008 trial shows the rapper, real name Robert Williams, acknowledged having a gun but denied pointing it at police or selling drugs.

When Mill was last in court earlier this month, his attorney asked for more time, and that’s why he’s in court today.

District Attorney Larry Krasner could drop the case against Mill, or he could choose to retry the case or seek a plea agreement.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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