Free Meek Mill?

If you are someone who follows the news in the rap community, or if your just an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, then you probably already know about the legal situation involving Meek Mill.

For those who are not familiar with this controversy, let’s start from the top of this ten year saga.

How It All Began

When he was 18 years old, Meek Mill, whose full name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was arrested while on his way to a corner store for illegally possessing a gun. As CNN reports,
“in 2008 he was convicted on gun and drug charges stemming from this arrest and he spent eight months in prison and was sentenced to five years probation.”

In 2014 and 2016, the rapper again found himself in and out of the court system for violating the travel restrictions that were placed in his conditions of probation.

Mill’s situation again made headline news several months ago, back in November of 2017, when the rapper was found to have once again violated the terms of his probation. This time, the judge “cited a failed drug test and the rapper’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel.” The rapper was subsequently sent to state prison and “he would be eligible for state parole supervision after two years.”

Roughly a month later, Mill lost a request for bail after the judge assed him to be a flight risk and “a danger to the community.”

Judge Brinkely

The current controversy involving this case appears to stem around the alleged decision-making and behavior of the judge involved in these court proceedings. The rapper’s attorney,  Joe Tacopina, has been highly critical of Philadelphia Judge Genece E. Brinkley in his public comments for a long time.

Among many other statements, Tacopina has said that “(Meek’s) frustrated, really frustrated and knows he’s being treated different than anyone else,” and that “he’s been on probation for nearly 10 years. Nobody goes on probation for 10 years.”

In fact, Mill’s legal team is now being threatened by Brinkely’s attorney with a lawsuit of her own.

In this complaint, Brinkely’s attorney cites defamatory claims perpetuated by Tacopina and others regarding alleged attempts on behalf of the judge to “extort favors from the rapper” during this legal process.

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JG

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