The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 1:00 am


Decision on Mill retrial is delayed

Associated Press

A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a 2007 drug and gun case was delayed until later this month after his lawyer asked a judge Tuesday for more time.

The 32-year-old rapper has been on probation most of his adult life over the teenage arrest.

He has become an activist for criminal justice reform since he was sent back to prison in 2017 for technical violations he blamed on his erratic travel schedule as his career soared. He spent five months locked up before an appeals court granted him bail.

Last month, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned the conviction, saying new evidence undermines the credibility of the officer who testified against the rapper at his trial and makes it likely he would be acquitted if the case were retried.

Meek Mill's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, asked the judge Tuesday for more time to resolve the case. It was rescheduled to Aug. 27, and Judge Leon Tucker allowed Mill to remain out on bail.

Film festival lineup

The New York Film Festival has announced the main slate for its 57th edition, adding films by Pedro Almodovar, Noah Baumbach and the late Agnes Varda to its highly selective annual Lincoln Center event.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Martin Scorsese's big-budget crime epic “The Irishman.” Baumbach's “Marriage Story” will play as the festival centerpiece, and Edward Norton's “Motherless Brooklyn” will close the festival.

Shakur docuseries

Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni are the subjects of a five-part docuseries planned by FX in the cable channel's ongoing expansion into non-fiction shows.

“Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur” is told through the eyes of those who knew the late hip hop icon and his activist mother.

In that same vein, “Hip Hop Untold” is a six-part look at the power brokers who operate from the shadows of hip hop and the street culture that produced them.

“Pride” is a six-part documentary series that chronicles the fight for LGBTQ civil rights in America.

“Women in Comedy” looks at the changing landscape for women in stand up in the post-Me Too era.

“The Most Dangerous Animal of All” is a four-part documentary series that explores one man's search for the father who abandoned him only to discover that he believes his father is an infamous serial killer.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Humorist Garrison Keillor is 77. Actor Wayne Knight is 64. Singer Bruce Dickinson is 61. Actor David Duchovny is 59. Actress Delane Matthews is 58. Actor Harold Perrineau is 56. Pianist Marcus Roberts is 56. Singer Raul Malo is 54. Actor David Mann is 53. Actress Sydney Penny is 48. Actor Greg Serano is 47. Actress Charlize Theron is 44. Drummer Barry Kerch is 43. Actor Eric Johnson is 40.

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