Meek Mill’s Lawyers Seek Judge’s Removal
According to reports, Meek Mill’s lawyers have renewed their call for a judge who sentenced him to step aside on Monday. They say that “there was an FBI investigation” into her conduct and his gun and drug case.
The rapper’s legal team wrote in a court filing that he and his representatives were aware of the investigation into Judge Genece Brinkley’s conduct since 2016. They argued that the existence of a probe raises questions about the judge’s ability to fairly preside over the case.
Meek’s defense attorney Joe Tacopina said,
How could she sit in judgment? She can’t.
The motion was filed days after the judge denied a request to free him in a court opinion in which she wrote he is,
A danger to the community.
As previously reported, the judge sentenced the 30-year-old artist last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. The ruling came after a prosecutor and a probation officer recommended that he not be jailed.
The judge said she gave Mill multiple chances to clean up his act but he repeatedly tested positive for drugs, failed to heed travel restrictions and was rearrested twice.
The appeals charge that the judge has made the case personal and has wrongly assumed an “essentially prosecutorial” role.
In one instance, they allege, the judge suggested Meek record a version of the Boyz II Men song “On Bended Knee” and mention the judge in it. This interaction occurred in the judge’s chambers, and a transcript is unavailable. Allegedly, Meek’s then girlfriend, Nicki Minaj, was present.
The appeals also said the judge “stepped out of the proper judicial role” by visiting a site where Meek was doing community service.