TMZ reports that Meek Mill has been denied bail once again, and that his latest bid to be released from prison has been shot down. Genece Brinkley, the judge who sentenced Meek Mill to prison last November, has faced countless accusations of unethical conduct, and now Meek’s lawyer Joe Tacopina says she’s holding a “personal vendetta” against the Philly rapper.
Brinkley didn’t explain the reasoning behind her decision to deny bail, but she previously described him as “a danger to the community.” Speaking with TMZ, Tacopina explained, “This ruling from Judge Genece Brinkley simply reaffirms the fact she has turned Meek Mill’s case into a personal vendetta.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has even gone so far as to express his support for Meek Mill’s release, something which Tacopina has been quick to bring up. He added, “In spite of the recommendations from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s, 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.”
Brinkley has continually refuted claims from Meek’s team about her asking for a shout-out in one of his songs, claiming there’s “zero evidence” to back up the accusations. She says that his two-four year sentence is just, adding that it was his fifth probation violation at the time, admitting to both drug use and failure to adhere to travel restrictions. Meek’s legal team is appealing the decision, TMZ reports.
Meek Mill’s team previously filed a motion to remove Brinkley from the case, claiming she has “exceeded the judicial role by sometimes essentially acting as a prosecutor and, at other times, taking an unusual interest in, and trying to inject herself into [Meek’s] personal and professional life.”