“Free Meek Mill!!”
This is what a lot of people are saying nowadays. Demonstrators took to the streets outside of Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center last Monday and rallied for the rapper Meek Mill. The crowd, including some celebrities and athletes, called for Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself after handing down a 2-4 year prison sentence for the rapper last week.
The sentence comes in the wake of alleged probation violations that include an alleged altercation at the St. Louis airport and an alleged reckless driving stop in New York. Here are some quotes from celebrities that were at Meek’s rally:
• “I've only met Meek Mill once, but he knows my son, Julius III, and my friend, Michael Reuben, and they believe in Meek. As we rally today because we all believe in him and that the punishment bestowed upon him is excessive, is cruel and it's motivated by unsavory circumstances … Recuse the judge and let justice prevail," -Erving.
• "In Meek's case it wasn't simply a miscarriage of justice, it was an abortion of justice," said Ross. "I think the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; they need to take a second look at this bizarre sentencing."
Judge Brinkley has overseen the rapper's legal troubles for years following a 2008 drug and weapons case . His probation was previously violated in 2015. At that time, Mill was ordered to house arrest.Those rallying say Brinkley showed "extreme bias" during the rapper's case. Mill's attorney, Brian McMonagle stated that he will file paperwork in the morning claiming Judge Brinkley has shown judicial misconduct and bias.
Should we say "Free Meek Mill?" Or is Judge Brinkley correct?