Judge Who Sentenced Meek Mill Reportedly Under Investigation
- Author: Carlos Nash Nov 15, 2017,
Nov 15, 2017, 0:25
The rally comes on the heels of Meek being handed a controversial sentence last week that has sent him back to prison for 2-4 years after he violated his probation.
The first filing Tuesday - a day after hundreds of supporters met outside the city Criminal Justice Center demanding Mill's release - asked Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley to disqualify herself from further involvement his case and allow a new judge to reconsider Mill's prison sentence.
Mill had been on probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't be in jail and he certainly wouldn't be on probation".
Tacopina told CNN on Monday that he plans to exhaust all legal avenues as well as political avenues to remedy what he called "an obvious injustice". "I want y'all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others", Rozay said at the rally.
Meek's lawyer Joe Tacopina told TMZ he believes Judge Brinkley went against prosecutors recommendation for no prison sentence. It's not my music. "The other thing that was raised that I have to address is this issue about him signing parole papers, probation papers that he's not going to be around convicted felons ... and the rules of probation state he can't be around convicted felons". Mill refused, and Brinkley replied, "Suit yourself".More news: Overwatch's new healer Moira will do anything for science
According to TMZ, Judge Genece Brinkley is reportedly being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for possible relationships she might have in Philadelphia including one with a local music mogul, Charlie Mack, whom Meek worked with early in his career, she allegedly asked Meek to sign with.
Mack was among about 50 persons to offer support to Mill during an August 18, 2014, probation violation hearing before Brinkley.
The FBI probe has not been confirmed since the Bureau does not confirm or deny investigations. That move made her into a witness in the same case she was presiding over.
For Mill, the problem with a Superior Court appeal is that, unless he is allowed bail pending appeal, he could serve his minimum sentence before a decision.