A Common Pleas Court judge on Friday threw out the convictions of three defendants who had been arrested by a tainted former Philadelphia narcotics agent, saying the officer — who also arrested the rapper Meek Mill — had “credibility issues.”
Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, who dismissed the three cases involving former Officer Reginald V. Graham, also set a June 29 hearing date for 103 pending petitions for new trials for other suspects whom Graham arrested between 2002 to 2014.
Public defender Bradley S. Bridge, who represented the three, said the public should expect more dismissals.
“Because of investigations into this officer that raised serious doubts about his credibility, convictions involving him cannot stand,” Bridge said after the hearing.
A police internal investigation said Graham stole money in a drug bust and failed an FBI lie detector test when questioned about it in 2014.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Monday cited Graham’s credibility problems in a request to the judge handling Mill’s case — Judge Genece Bradley — that the rapper get a new trial on his 2007 arrest on gun and drug charges. Brinkley set a hearing for Mill’s request for June.
Graham, who resigned from the force last year after the police review determined that he lied to investigators, could not be reached for comment. In the past he has declined to comment on his police work.
Mill, in a statement from a state prison in Delaware County, where he is serving a two-year sentence for a probation violation stemming from his 2007 arrest by Graham, said, “Today, I am thankful that 3 peoples cases were DISMISSED by President Judge Wood Skipper after the DA took the exact position that he took in my case.