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Meek Mill seeks new trial, judge after decade-long probation

FILE - In this April 2, 2019 file photo, recording artist Meek Mill speaks at a gathering to push for drastic changes to Pennsylvania's probation system, in Philadelphia. Kim Kardashian West, Nipsey Hussle, Common, Kevin Hart and other celebrities are speaking out for prison reform. Mill has become a symbol for reform after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade.

They say the city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a grudge against the performer.

City prosecutors agree. They’ve filed a motion supporting his bid to toss the conviction and be retried under a new judge.

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The 32-year-old, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, has become a voice for criminal justice reform. He spent four months in prison on the violation before being released last year.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became something of a champion for Mill, visiting him in prison and speaking out on behalf of the rapper.