Meek Mill’s Lawyer Accuses Judge Of Having A Grudge – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire the Meek Mill 2 to 4 year prison sentence has folks hot. As I reported yesterday, the rapper was in a Philly courtroom this week for violating his probation. Mill whose real name is, Robert Rihmeek Williams, has been on probation for 11 years, for a gun and drug conviction when he was 19. He's 30 now.
Since his original run-in with the law, he's been arrested twice. Both incidents occurred this year. In March the rap star and two airport employees got charged with misdemeanor assault after getting into an brief altercation at St. Louis Lambert airport. The employees wanted a picture with Meek, when he said no the guys got mad and they got into it.
In August the rapper caught another misdemeanor charge for reckless endangerment. He was arrested for poppin a wheelie and riding a dirt bike in the city streets of New York. Yes it's illegal. However Meek's lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said his client was arrested because he was a rapper. He argued popping a wheelie is a petty offense, adding, if “his name was John Smith, he wouldn’t have even been arrested.”
Fast forward to this week's hearing, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sent the rapper to jail, on the strength of those misdemeanors, failing a drug test and failure to comply with travel restrictions. The D.A. and probation officer didn't recommend prison, so her ruling of 2 to 4 years was shocking. To be clear the rapper didn't do himself any favors blasting the judge on social media, and he should've handled his probation requirements to the "T." Even still, many feel the ruling was harsh. Jay-Z even sent a supportive letter to the judge, hoping it would make a difference at Monday's probation hearing. Obviously it didn't. Just in case you were wondering, Meek is also signed to Hov's Roc Nation. The rap legend talked about situation at a Dallas stop on his 4:44 World Tour.
AllHipHop reported his fans wrote in to show the rapper did a lot of good. They took to social media, to point out some of those good deeds. While we're at it, Meek also donated 60,000 bottles of water to the Flint Michigan community. The rap star came through and participated in the James Harden's JH-Town charity game in Houston too.
XXL reports Tacopina is accusing Judge Brinkley of being bias, and having a vendetta against his client. He told TMZ this judge has been handling Meek's case since 2008, and alleges they have the same friends. The attorney went on to say the main reason the sentenced him, is because she holding a grudge. Tacopina claims Judge Brinkley wanted the Meek to remake Boyz II Men classic, "On Bended Knee."
The lawyer told the news site, she made the request in her chambers. Meek laughed it off, because he thought she was playing. Well apparently not. Tacopina said, when the rapper laughed, the judge replied "Okay, suit yourself." So basically the attorney is saying the judge put Meek in jail to get even. The lawyer vowed, to fight this and get the judgement overturned.
Well we wish him luck on that one. On any new developments, I will bring you the latest. In the meantime, for the best in entertainment news listen to Tha Wire every weekday on The People's Station 107 Jamz.