Meek Mill’s hope to get released soon after serving five
months of his prison sentence has been shattered. Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced the rapper to two to four years in prison for violating his probation in a 2008 gun and drugs case, has rejected requests from his legal team to reconsider her decision and to step down from the case over personal biases.
The controversial judge said that the prison sentence was “absolutely necessary” after the “All Eyes on You” rapper violated parole.
“Defendant received proper notice of all alleged probation violations in advance of his hearing,” she wrote, according to court documents.
“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.”
In her decision, Brinkley denied Mill’s lawyer’s allegations that the judge crossed numerous professional boundaries, including requesting Meek re-record Boyz II Men’s song “On Bended Knee” as a “tribute to her” and asking the rapper to switch management companies. “This.bald allegation has no basis in reality. There is zero evidence to support this claim,” she wrote. “The court has repeatedly told Defendant that he cannot demand special treatment just because he has chosen to be an entertainer.”
Brinkley also accused Mill and his lawyers of “fabricating” claims that the FBI was investigating his case.
Brinkley’s decision comes less than a month after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office said it was “unopposed” to releasing the rapper on bail. It was due to the discovery of a list of city officers with a history of lying, racial bias and/or brutality. Officer Reginald Graham,who arrested Mill and testified at his trial, was included on the list.
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf also said in a statement that he supported releasing the rapper.
Meek’s lawyer Joe Tacopina criticized Brinkley over her decision, accusing the judge of harboring a “personal vendetta” against the 30- year-old star. “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,” Tacopina said in a statement to the New York Daily News.
The lawyer added, “Fortunately, we have already filed petitions with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to secure his release, and we remain hopeful that the Court will right this injustice very soon.”