what’s the latest with meek mill’s case in philly?
Justice Genece E. Brinkley, the Philadelphia judge who sentenced Meek Mill to prison over a parole violation, has refused to recuse herself from the case or to reconsider her harsh sentence.
Meek’s legal team has argued the two-to-four year prison sentence is unfair and due to Brinkley having it out for the rapper. However, she is standing firm on her ruling and deems it “absolutely necessary.”
Judge Brinkely stated on Monday in court documents, “[The] defendant received proper notice of all alleged probation violations in advance of his hearing. The sentence imposed was not manifestly excessive and this Court stated sufficient reasons on the record to support a state sentence of 2 to 4 years.”
Meek originally went before Judge Brinkley nearly ten years ago after he was sentenced to five years of probation, stemming from drug and gun-related charges.
The next several years, Brinkley was over more legal cases involving “All Eyes On You” rapper.
n 2012, Brinkley revoked the rapper’s travel permit. She also ordered him to take etiquette classes in May 2013, among other rulings.
Brinkely charged Meek with a felony count of reckless endangerment in August 2017. However, the charges were later dropped to a misdemeanor and dismissed. The charges stemmed from the rapper riding dirt bikes with a group in New York.
Meek’s probation officer and the assistant district attorney both objected to the rapper’s most recent two-to-four-year sentence.
They weren’t the only ones that believed the sentence was too harsh. Many people in the music industry also spoke out against the sentence, which they believed to be unfair.
In March, Meek’s lawyer Joe Tacopina requested the Brinkley step down from presiding over the case due to “unusual personal interest.”
His legal team cited many inappropriate incidents, which included Judge Brinkey requesting Meek to do a cover of the Boyz II Men song, “On Bended Knee”, as a “tribute to her.” She also reportedly tried to talk Mill into switching management companies.
“When she requests he leaves his current management Roc Nation – which is one of the most important management companies in the world – and goes back to a local Philadelphia guy who has a spotted past because she had a personal relationship with him as manager, again, she’s doing something that a judge would never be doing, having a personal interest,” Tacopina told Billboard last November.
The judge responded to the song request claims in her ruling, writing, “This bald allegation has no basis in reality. There is zero evidence to support this claim. The court has repeatedly told Defendant that he cannot demand special treatment just because he has chosen to be an entertainer.”
She also accused Meek and his lawyers of “fabricating” claims that the FBI was investigating his case.
Brinkley’s decision arrives weeks after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office said it was not opposed to releasing the rapper on bail.
The following week, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf said in a statement that he supported releasing the rapper, who has been jailed since November for violating probation on a 2008 drug and gun conviction.
Meek’s legal team slammed Brinkley’s ruling on Monday, accusing the judge of having a “personal vendetta” against their client.
Tacopina stated, “In spite of the recommendations from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, which was supported by Governor Tom Wolf, the judge continues to stand alone in supporting Officer Reginald Graham’s perjured testimony as well as his criminal behavior that has been documented.”
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