Judge Genece Brinkley Will Not Step Down From Meek Mill Case

Judge Genece Brinkley Will Not Step Down From Meek Mill Case

Judge Genece Brinkley Will Not Step Down From Meek Mill Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to release the "All Eyes on You" rapper and grant him a new hearing because of "credibility issues with a police officer who was a "critical witness" in his 2008 gun and drug convictions, court documents show.

"Being in this position, I've got a lot of responsibility, I've got a lot of important people depending on me", Mill said in the upcoming interview.

He was taken from the prison in Chester by helicopter to nearby Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell at the start of Game 5 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Miami Heat playoff series. However this time around, Meek was a free man and was able to sit-down with Lester Holt face to face.

The jailing of Mill, 30, spurred a massive protest after a judge revoked his probation last November for "technical violations" that included testing positive for drug use, new arrests for low-level crimes (one for popping a "wheelie" on a dirtbike and one for a fight), and failure to abide by travel restrictions.

'I'd like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this hard time.

Meek Mill said his immediate plans are to "work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction" and resume his music career.

The rapper described his last five months in prison as "a nightmare" and said numerous "prayers visits, calls, letters, and rallies" helped him stay "positive". The state's highest court directed a judge who'd jailed him to let the rapper out on "unsecured bail". Her attorney Charles Peruto Jr. said, "The Supreme Court did not order judge Brinkley to recuse herself, they left it to her to decide, which means they didn't believe there was a sufficient showing of prejudice".

Meek also thanked his supporters, fans and friends, who have campaigned for his release.

She added, "For far too long, we have turned a blind eye to this stark reality, and now we are all paying the social and economic price".

"We will be formally filing a motion to transfer his case to our president judge so that [Mill's] conviction can be immediately overturned", McMonagle said.

"To the Philly District Attorney's office, I'm grateful for your commitment to justice". Meek Mill spent $50,000 to donate 60,000 water bottles to contribute to the Flint Water Crisis.

Earlier on Tuesday, comedian and Philadelphia native Kevin Hart visited the rapper in jail. Many say the probation and parole structure disproportionately impacts black and Latino communities, which results in mass incarceration of minorities.

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