Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has expressed support for Meek Mill’s release.
On Friday, Philly.com shared a story about Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner being unopposed to Meek’s release from prison. Gov. Wolf quoted-tweeted Philly.com’s message, adding, “I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill). Our criminal justice system is in need of repair. That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety, and promote fairness.”
He followed his statement with another tweet that read, “But more needs to be done. I am calling on the P.A. General Assembly to pass the Justice Reinvestment II reforms to the criminal justice system, which help address issues from arrest, trial, sentencing, incarceration, to post-release.”
As previously reported, the Philly.com story that Gov. Wolf shared was on newly emerging details regarding Meek’s case from March 14, when the Philadelphia D.A.’s office submitted a filing that declared it wouldn’t oppose the rapper's immediate release on bail. The decision was based on evidence Meek’s legal team had provided, which questioned the credibility of officer Reginald V. Graham, who had arrested Meek in 2007 and was the only witness to testify at Meek’s trial in 2008.
At that point, it was discovered that the Philadelphia D.A.’s office had been keeping a “secret list” of city officers who had a history of lying, racial bias, and/or brutality. Graham was on that list, which is why many, such as Meek's team, have disputed the truthfulness of Graham’s testimony.
The D.A.’s filing reads in part: “In support of his claim, Petitioner has submitted 2 affidavits from other officers alleging that Officer Graham repeatedly engaged in misconduct, including lying, both in general and specifically in Petitioner’s case […] in light of the history of hundreds of convictions already having been reversed based on information provided by Officer Walker, there is a strong showing of likelihood of Petitioner’s conviction being reversed (in whole or in part).”