Judge Genece Brinkley Denies Meek Mill's Request For New Trial

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Meek Mill attends the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Update: Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has released a statement to Billboard regarding Tuesday's ruling. Tacopina also notes that Meek Mill's legal team will be appealing Judge Brinkley's ruling to a higher court. 

“We are not at all surprised by Judge Brinkley‘s decision today. Despite the agreement of the District Attorney’s office on the need for a new trial, and the granting of new trials to other identically situated defendants, Judge Brinkley made clear during the hearing on June 18 that she had already decided the matter. We continue to believe that this miscarriage of justice will be corrected upon further review and that the public’s confidence in the impartiality of the judicial system in Pennsylvania will be restored."

Just over a week ago (June 18), Meek Mill made his way back to court for his latest hearing in hopes of securing a new trial away from Judge Genece Brinkley. Following the appearance, Meek didn't seem very confident. "I feel like what went on in the courtroom today is disgraceful," he relayed.

On Tuesday (June 26), Brinkley and the courts denied his latest motion to receive a fresh trial, despite the district attorney's belief that the 31-year-old is a deserving candidate, according to KYW1060

"After an in-depth review of the record, court history, notes of testimony, and evidence submitted at the evidentiary hearing, this court hereby denies defendant's petition for PCRA relief as defendant failed to meet his burden of proof," read Brinkley's ruling. 

The Philly-bred rapper made his return to music Sunday night (June 24), where he delivered a powerful performance of his latest single "Stay Woke" alongside Miguel at the BET Awards. Meek extended his vacation in Los Angeles by making a cameo at Monday's NBA Awards in support of Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons and Houston Rockets star James Harden, who are both good friends of Mill.

Simmons walked away with Rookie of the Year honors and Harden ended up taking home his first Most Valuable Player award. TMZ caught Meek celebrating with James Harden at a local L.A. nightclub following the awards ceremony. 

Meek had hoped a new trial would be granted since his 2008 arresting officer has been at the center of Philadelphia's law enforcement corruption scandal.

Check out Judge Brinkley's official statement regarding Meek Mill's case below.

Billboard has reached out to Meek Mill's team for comment. 


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