After being sentenced to 2-4 years of jail time in November 2017 for a probation violation originating from a 2007 case, when he was only 19-years-old, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s frustrating fight for freedom drags on. On Monday, the controversial judge in Mill’s case, Genece E. Brinkley, wrote in court documents obtained by the New York Daily News that she would not honor Mill’s requests for bail:
“[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.”
Brinkley also refused to consider requests made by Mill’s team to step down for personal bias:
“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.”
In November, Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina claimed Brinkley requested Mill remake a Boyz II Men song, mention her name on the track, and leave Roc Nation to sign with her friend’s label. On Monday, Tacopina stated that Brinkley’s comments reaffirm that she holds a “personal vendetta” against the rapper, adding: “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.”
We will continue to update this story as new information is revealed.