Meek Mill has been denied a bail hearing, as controversial Judge Genece Brinkley describes the rapper as “a danger to the community” and a “flight risk”.
The Philadelphia-born rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, 30, was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison in November after Brinkley ruled that he violated his probation on a 2008 gun and drug case.
Mill has been arrested twice this year – for misdemeanour assault charges in March and reckless driving and reckless endangerment in August – and while the charges for those two arrests have since been dropped, the incidents led to this review of his probation, in which the judge cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel.
After the Pennsylvania Superior Court ordered Brinkley to rule on the rapper’s bail petition, the judge denied Meek Mill a bail hearing last Friday (December 1).
In her official opinion, Brinkley says that Meek Mill “is and continues to be a danger to the community in Philadelphia, New York, Missouri, and other locations throughout the United States, he continues to be a danger to himself based upon a history of continuous use of illegal drugs, and is an increased and greater flight risk because he already has been sentenced to a term in state prison and gave false information to authorities when he was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri.”
The rapper’s lawyer Joe Tacopina has responded by saying: “We are very disappointed with Judge Brinkley’s decision to deny Mr. Williams bail, which continues her long pattern of unfair treatment of him. As stated on multiple occasions, he has never missed a previous court date in this case and poses absolutely no threat to the community, which makes him an ideal candidate for bail—a conclusion the Commonwealth did not oppose. We intend to immediately appeal this decision, so Mr. Williams can be released from prison on bail while we continue to work to overturn this wrongful and unjust sentence.”
Following Mill being sent to prison, Jay-Z slammed the sentence as “unjust and heavy-handed”, while long-time rival Drake declared his support for Mill, after praising an audience member wearing a ‘FREE MEEK MILL’ t-shirt at his concert in Melbourne.
Last month it was reported that the FBI was investigating Judge Brinkley over “possible extortionate demand[s]”. She has been accused of inappropriate behaviour by Meek Mill’s legal team.