The latest update in Meek Mill’s case is bad news. The rapper’s pitch to be released from prison on bail — following a “mind-blowing” revelation that the police witness from Meek’s original 2008 drug and gun possession trial is on a list of officials with “a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer — has been denied by Judge Genece Brinkley.
While Brinkley didn’t explain her decision, she did make it clear that there’s no need or cause for her to remove herself from the rapper’s case. She also said that since there’s no proof that she asked Meek for a shout out on a remake of a Boys II Men song, as Meek’s legal team has previously alleged, the claim is invalid.
“This ruling from Judge Genece Brinkley simply reaffirms the fact she has turned Meek Mill’s case into a personal vendetta,” Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told TMZ.
The document notifying all those involved of Brinkley’s decision touches on a few general concerns about the case — like allegations of her requesting a remake of a Boys II Men song, statements about the sentence being too harsh alongside theories that she’s too biased to preside over the case — but it did not address the notion that the testimony of Meek’s original witness officer is false.
“In spite of the recommendations from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 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,” Tacopina said.
Kathy Williams, Meek’s mother, recently wrote an open letter “on behalf of every mother whose son suffers the cruelty of unjust punishment.” Addressed to “Lady Justice,” Williams shamed the justice system for allowing “corruption at the highest levels” and implored it to do better.
“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,” Williams wrote. “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.”
After thanking “God for the humbling moments,” she revealed that during conversations with her famous son, he told her he plans to put forth effort to help those in situations similar to his own.
Just last month (March 2018), Tacopina was hopeful that this appeal would be the one to bring the Philly rapper home. The District Attorney’s Office even backed the motion, filing paperwork stating there’s “strong showing of likelihood” that Meek’s original conviction would be reversed because of the controversy surrounding his police officer witness. Several cases of prior convictions similar to Meek’s were cited, noting that those cases had been overturned.
Yet and still, Judge Brinkley denied the request and refused to hand the case over to another judge. In response to the denial, Meek’s legal team has plans to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
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