Meek Mill Appealing Prison Sentence in Probation Violation Case, Requesting Judge's Recusal
Meek Mill is filing a motion to be released from prison and for his probation to be terminated, his lawyer confirmed with Billboard on Wednesday (Nov. 15).
The Philadelphia rapper, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley for violating probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case, on Tuesday also requested "the recusal of Judge Brinkley from considering and ruling on that motion and from any further adjudicatory role in this case," according to recent court documents.
The complaint claimed the Philadelphia judge ordered Mill to confinement on Nov. 6 against the recommendation of his probation officer, who said he had "responded well" and "actively participated in an effort towards behavioral change." The report went on to cite alleged examples of Judge Brinkley bringing personal opinion into her ruling. "Judge Brinkley has repeatedly offered inappropriate personal and professional advice to the defendant," Mill's attorney stated.
Brinkley sentenced Mill after citing a failed drug test and failure to comply with a court order restricting travel during his probation.
Celebrities have come forward to show support for the rapper: Rick Ross, Julius Erving and several Eagles players took part in a rally organized in protest of Mill's sentence that outraged many in the hip-hop community and beyond. A poster for the rally said: "Our criminal justice system has failed Meek Mill and millions of others like him. We stand for justice."