Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill can’t get Judge Genece Brinkley to bend. Months after serving him with a two to four-year jail sentence, the now-infamous judge has denied his request to get released on bail.
According to reports, Judge Brinkley will force Meek to remain behind bars despite him receiving public support from both the District Attorney’s office and the Pennsylvania governor.
Judge Genece Brinkley didn’t give reasons for her decision, but it came amidst pressure to open the prison doors for the rapper … who has been in prison since November for a probation violation. Meek’s team has argued Judge Brinkley is biased and bears a grudge against him. Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ, “This ruling from Judge Genece Brinkley simply reaffirms the fact she has turned Meek Mill’s case into a personal vendetta.” (TMZ)
Last month, Meek’s mom Kathy Williams penned an open letter about her son’s situation.
“The problem is that the justice system has failed my son at every turn and hasn’t let go. You, Lady Justice, have allowed corruption at the highest levels of the system, and cruelty and spite have cast doubt on your very foundation. You are supposed to balance fairness and blindly always do what’s right, yet injustice has taken 11 years of our lives. My son had to choose between seeing his child and his mother in a hospital or going to prison. My son – who was 19 when he was introduced to the justice system – has been scarred physically and emotionally by your betrayal, and now you threaten his own son’s sense of security. Today feels heavier because, now that the truth has finally been revealed, for some reason Lady Justice you are not weighing in. Where are you? The District Attorney and Governor Wolf had the courage to say let my son out of prison due to this injustice. You’ve taken his innocence and abused his pride. He’s suffered loss of family and freedom. No human being should know his truths and be accosted by lies and false judgment under your shelter.” (Billboard)
Williams also used her message to reveal Meek’s intent on helping other jailed men fighting the system for their freedom.
“You have wrongfully convicted a black man in prison, that is a profound reality in America. We have given you all the evidence and all the reasons his case is a symbol of the problem in our justice system. On behalf of every mother whose son suffers the cruelty of unjust punishment, I now beg you to hear the words of the DA and the Governor and release my son. Each time I talk to my son, he gives me the strength to carry on and promises me that upon his release he will fight for other men whose voices are not heard. Give him that chance.” (Billboard)
Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf showed his support for Meek getting out of jail on bail.
I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill). Our criminal justice system is in need of repair. That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety, and promote fairness. https://t.co/f8s3JjGOuP
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 23, 2018