Meek Mill’s Legal Team Files Supreme Court Motion to Remove Judge From Case
It's been nearly two months since Meek Mill caught a major break in his legal case and was granted an early release from prison, but his legal woes are apparently far from over.
The rapper's lawyer is currently fighting to have Judge Genece Brinkley recuse herself from the rapper's case even if it means getting the Supreme Court involved. Meek's latest attempt to remove Judge Brinkley from presiding over his case comes in the form of a Supreme Court motion filed on June 1, in which his team is alleging that the esteemed judge "has not acted to advance the interest of justice."
In a motion to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, obtained by XXL, Meek's team is arguing several reasons as to why Judge Brinkley should be removed entirely from the case's proceedings. Most notably, Judge Brinkley has made comments regarding the Dreams & Nightmares rapper's case to outlets like TMZ and the New York Post that "she will not remove herself from the case because she "knows Meek’s case inside and out, and the Supreme Court Justices do not.'”
If you can recall, back in April the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recommended that Judge Brinkley recuse herself from the case. However, she declined to do so, stating that she feels she would in fact continue to give the Philly lyricist a fair trial.
Meek's legal team is also calling into question Judge Brinkley's ability to "properly perform her occupational duties" due to a 2016 automobile injury which she has since filed a lawsuit and claims resulted in "severe head trauma."
The Wins & Losses MC's team is also making a point to emphasize Judge Brinkley's apparent personal vendetta against Meek. Joe Tacopina, Meek's attorney, released a statement to XXL detailing the Supreme Court motion.
“Judge Brinkley's conduct since the time of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to grant bail to Meek—including inappropriately commenting on his case through her lawyer, treating him differently than the thousands of other uncontested PCRAs and stating under oath that she has in the past and may in the future be disabled from performing her job—necessitates her immediate removal from this case," Tacopina said in a statement to XXL. "We have now asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to do just that so that Meek can be treated the same as all other similar defendants have been treated in the past."
On April 24, Meek was released from prison after a Pennsylvania high court ordered him freed on bail while he appeals his convictions. The Supreme Court ruling overturned Judge Brinkley's initial decision to keep the rapper in prison. She was the judge who sentenced Meek to two to four years in prison in 2017, for violating his 10-year long probation months shy of its conclusion.
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