On Tuesday (April 24), Meek Mill finally became a free man after serving five months in prison for probation violations. But despite this news, Meek Mill’s judge, Judge Genece Brinkley, is reportedly refusing to step down from the case, according to TMZ.
Though the Supreme Court granted Meek bail, Judge Brinkley “will continue to give Meek a fair shake,” the site reports. Meek is scheduled to appear in court in June, where Meek and his legal team will fight to get his drug and weapon case thrown out, given that the testimony of Reginald V. Graham, who arrested Meek in 2007, caused many to question his credibility. Graham has also been included in a list of potentially corrupt officers in Philadelphia.
Meek Mill received a warm welcome home on Tuesday as he was released from prison and whisked away to sit courtside at the Sixers game — where he rung the ceremonial bell at the beginning of the game — alongside his friends Michael Rubin (Sixers co-owner) and comedian Kevin Hart. Meek thanked his supporters in a statement shortly after his release.
“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” he said. “While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice — not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct.”
He added that while he was lucky enough to have a team fighting for his freedom, “many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Billboard has reached out to Judge Genece Brinkley’s attorney for comment.