MEEK MILL MAY GET A BREAK, JUDGE ORDERED TO MAKE BAIL RULING Meek Mill remains in prison after his emergency bail request was denied by a judge.
The “Dreams & Nightmares” rapper got the bad news on Monday that his bail was denied by his probation judge Genece Brinkley, according to TMZ. Last month, the Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected Meek Mill’s bail petition and ordered the presiding judge to make a formal ruling on his emergency bail request. There has also been widespread condemnation for the judge who handed down the heavy-handed sentencing last month, but she is unmoved.
Judge Brinkley argued in her legal docs that Meek Mill is a danger to the community and is a flight risk. She also suggests that his urine test may have been tainted because he may have flushed his system with “Fast Flush.” His attorney is once again furious with the judges ruling and vows to continue to fight for the rapper’s freedom. His lead attorney, Joe Tacopina, says that the judge’s ruling “continues her long pattern of unfair treatment.” He also indicates the he will be appealing the judge’s decision not to grant his client bail.
Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, is currently serving 2-4 years in a state prison for probation violation. He has been getting a lot of support from the general public and fellow celebrities including his rival Drake and The Game, as well as, other celebrities closer to him like JAY-Z and Rick Ross. Reverend Al Sharpton and Colin Kaepernick have also thrown their support behind the #FreeMeekMill movement.
JAY-Z penned an op-ed in the New York Times last month where he blasts the justice system for its years of mass incarceration of young black men. He argued that Meek Mill is just the latest victim of a system notorious for oppressing people of color. Last weekend, Hov played Meek’s single “Dreams & Nightmares” at his “4:44 Tour” stop in Philadelphia. He also spoke briefly about the Maybach Music Group rapper’s incarceration.
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Meek Mill may get some reprieve as pressure mounts on the judge to make a ruling on his bail petition. The Dreamchasers rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, is currently serving 2-4 years in a Pennsylvania prison for probation violation. The sentencing handed down by Judge Genece Brinkley has been widely criticized by the rapper’s fans and his celebrity peers including JAY-Z and civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton. Meek’s attorneys have been fighting for his release since his sentence commence earlier this month and so far there is no breakthrough. Meek Mill’s attorney filed a motion in the Pennsylvania Superior Court to have him release on an emergency bail. The High Court denied the motion but ruled that judge Genece Brinkley should hand down a ruling on his emergency bail application. Meek’s representative, Jordan Siev, told TMZthat the ruling a legal victory for the rapper and vowed to continue fighting for his freedom. “We’re pleased that the Superior Court took immediate action to direct the Court of Common Pleas to decide on the application for bail without further delay,” Siev said. “We remain hopeful that Mr. Williams will be promptly released on bail.”
A bail hearing was originally scheduled for November 27th but was canceled by Judge Brinkley canceled who said it was set due to an administrative error. Meek Mill’s legal team also filed a motion to have her removed from the case arguing that she is tainted and carrying a grudge for the MC who is from the same part of Philly that she is from. If the judge denied his emergency bail then that narrows down Meek Mill’s legal option to get out of prison and will likely have to serve his 2+ years before ever tasting freedom again. Prior to his prison stint, the MMG rapper was working on his upcoming album DC5.
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Count Drake among the many celebrities that are wishing Meek Mill well.
The OVO Sound head honcho is currently on the Australian leg of his "The Boy Meets World Tour." During a stop in Melbourne on Saturday, November, 18, Drizzy spotted a fan wearing a "Free Meek Mill" t-shirt.
“I see you got the ‘Free Meek Mill’ T-shirt,” he said. “Free Meek Mill, too, man. For real. You right.”
Drake and his Philadelphia counterpart have famously feuded in the past, but that appears to be over.
Meek is currently serving a 2-4 year prison sentence for violating his probation.
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The FBI is reportedly investigating the judge who sentenced Meek Mill to prison for two to four years over parole violations.
The New York Postreported that Judge Genece Brinkley is being investigated for a possible “extortionate demand” as well as for a music mogul that she allegedly asked Mill to sign with.
The report claims that undercover agents attached to Mill’s case since April 2016 were aware of Philadelphia music mogul Charlie Mack suggesting to Mill that he could help with the case because he knew the judge.
Mack has since denied that claim.
Meek’s lawyer has also claimed that the judge asked him to remix a Boyz II Men song with a shout-out to her in it, but he refused. Mill’s lawyer has since claimed that the overly harsh sentence is a result of that rejection.
But with the FBI investigating, it looks like Mill might just get a break.
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A Change.org petition has been started calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to reevaluate Meek Mill's prison sentence.
"Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth," the petition reads. "He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living.
"This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for your reconsideration of his sentence."
As we previously reported, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley gave Meek a 2-4 year prison sentence on Monday, November 6, for violating his probation, stemming from a 2009 drug and gun conviction.
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JAY-Z is vowing to support Meek Mill in the wake of the rapper being sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for violating his parole, stemming from a 2009 drug and gun conviction.
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed,” Jay wrote on Facebook Monday, November 6. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
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Prior to Monday's sentencing, Meek born, Robert Williams, asked Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley for leniency.
“I’m human. I’m not perfect,” he told Brinkley, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer. “I’m asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can’t really go back and start over.”
The plea fell on deaf ears as Brinkley told Meek that he had run out of chances.
“I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court," she said.
The 61-year old judge based her decision on Meek getting arrested twice earlier this year.
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A Philadelphia judge’s decision to send Meek Mill to prison over probation violations may have been personal, at least according to the rapper’s attorney.
Joe Tacopina, who represents Meek, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, told TMZ that he believes the judge’s harsh ruling stems from a long-standing vendetta.
Judge Genece Brinkley and Meek, he says, are supposedly from the same neighborhood and know some of the same people. Last year during a meeting in her chambers, Tacopina claims Brinkley suggested that Meek do a remake of Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” and give her a shout out on the song.
Meek, he says, took the judge’s request as a joke and laughed it off, however, Judge Brinkley allegedly said “I’m not kidding.” But when Meek declined, she replied, “Okay, suit yourself.”
Despite that the fact that a prosecutor and Meek’s defense team recommended that Meek not be imprisoned over his probation violations–arguing that he has been clean and has grown as a person since his original crime–Brinkley handed down her tough ruling.
The judge said that the prosecutor was too new to the case to understand how Mill just “does what he wants.”
“I’ve been trying to help you since 2009,” Brinkley told Meek during her court ruling. “You basically thumbed your nose at me.”
Meek’s attorney believes that the judge showed clear bias and says they plan to appeal.
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Meek Mill is currently locked up in a New York City jail for allegedly pulling stunts on a motorcycle Thursday night, August 17.
TMZ reports that the 30-year old Philadelphia rapper, real name Robert Williams, was picked up at 10:16 PM by police responding to a 911 call, reporting a group of people popping wheelies and riding recklessly.
Authorities were able to identify Meek via social media posts because he was riding without a helmet.