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Judge May Have Broken Protocol by Letting Meek Mill Do Business With Convicted Felon

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Following reports that the judge who sentenced Meek Mill to two to four years in prison was being investigated by the F.B.I., it has now been revealed that Judge Genece Brinkley may have broken protocol by allowing the rapper to do business with a convicted felon.

According to a report from TMZ, Brinkley gave Meek a pass to associate with Charlie Mack, a music manager who pled guilty in 1997 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Mack received 60-month prison sentence for his conviction.

The F.B.I. is now investigating whether Brinkley has any connection to Mack even though the music manager says no. But Meek’s latest lawyer, Joe Tacopina, claims the judge tried to get the rapper to leave Roc Nation and sign with a friend of hers.

“When she requests he leaves his current management Roc Nation—which is one of the most important management companies in the world—and goes back to a local Philadelphia guy who has a spotted past because she had a personal relationship with him as manager, again, she’s doing something that a judge would never be doing, having a personal interest,” said Tacopina.

The lawyer’s claim aligns with what Meek’s previous attorney told the judge in 2014. “Your Honor, [Meek’s] not supposed to be around anyone who is under supervision and be around known felons,” reads a court transcript. “Your Honor made an exception back in the day with the management to Mr. Mac. That was the only exception that you made.”

Tacopina has filed a motion for Judge Brinkley to remove herself from the case, claiming her “bad blood” toward the rapper will lead to a harsh sentence.

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