Meek Mill Bail Hearing Canceled Due to 'Administrative Error'

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Meek Mill attends Meek Mill "Wins & Losses" Album Release Party at Velosolutions Pumptrack on July 21, 2017 in New York City.  

Update: Hours after this story was published, Meek Mill's lawyer shared an email with Billboard from the Philadelphia court system informing Mill that his bail hearing was "canceled due to an administrative error." Billboard reached out to the Philadelphia court for clarification.

After being sent away to prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drugs charge, Meek Mill will return to court Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. for his bail hearing in front of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, Billboard reports. 

Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, confirms that Meek will face Brinkley, the judge who cited a failed drug test and a failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel as her basis for sentencing. In an interview with Billboard earlier this month, Tacopina claimed that Brinkley has an "infatuation" with the Wins and Losses MC and allegedly asked him to leave his management company Roc Nation, to sign with her personal friend. 

"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. 

Earlier this week, Tacopina confirmed to Billboard that he was filing a motion to terminate his client's probation and was seeking a release from prison. According to recent documents, Tacopina also sought after "the recusal of Judge Brinkley from considering and ruling on that motion and from any further adjudicatory role in this case." 

Elsewhere in the documents, it was alleged that Meek was sent to solitary confinement by the Philadelphian judge against the recommendation of his probation officer, who said he "actively participated in an effort towards behavioral change."

In documents obtained by Billboard, the Philadelphia District Attorney supports the bail motion and originally didn't want Meek to be sentenced in the first place. According to the Assistant DA, Meek had "grown leaps and bounds" since his prior conviction.

"At the recent revocation hearing, the Commonwealth (represented by ADA Hoffman, a highly experi­enced supervisor in the District Attorney’s Office) did not recommend revocation, but rather recommended continuing the probation. The Assistant District Attorney properly noted that Mr. Williams had 'grown leaps and bounds' during the decade since his conviction," reads the motion.

Tacopina confirms to Billboard that Meek is also no longer in confinement and is awaiting his bail hearing. 

 


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