Meek Mill is having a rough month. In early November, the Philadelphia rapper was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison for a parole violation and efforts to get him released are apparently falling on deaf ears. As Pitchfork reports, his team has filed a motion to appeal his sentencing, filed a motion to modify his bail, and filed an emergency bail motion—all within two weeks. The latter was filed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but ultimately ruled on by Judge Genece Brinkley, which Meek’s legal team has argued is unfairly biased against Mill.
Last week, Brinkley denied a bail hearing for Meek, and now, according to documents obtained by Pitchfork and TMZ, it appears she did so because she considers the rapper to be “a danger to the community [...] a danger to himself based upon a history of continuous use of illegal drugs, [and] an increased and greater flight risk.”
Speaking to Pitchfork, Meek’s lawyer Joe Tacopina had this to say about Brinkley’s decision:
We are very disappointed with Judge Brinkley’s decision to deny Mr. Williams bail, which continues her long pattern of unfair treatment of him. As stated on multiple occasions, he has never missed a previous court date in this case and poses absolutely no threat to the community, which makes him an ideal candidate for bail—a conclusion the Commonwealth did not oppose. We intend to immediately appeal this decision, so Mr. Williams can be released from prison on bail while we continue to work to overturn this wrongful and unjust sentence.
Whatever happens next, it seems like the road there will be long and bumpy for Mill. At least he has some good company—like Reverend Al Sharpton, who visited the rapper in prison and called Mill “a symbol of the abuse of the system.”