Public outcry over Meek Mill’s harsh jail sentence has led to an FBI probe of the Philadelphia judge who presided over the rapper’s case. Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was sentenced to two to four years in jail for probation violation (of a 2008 case) despite the fact that both his probation officer and the district attorney asked Judge Genece Brinkley for zero time behind bars. But for some reason, Williams is now allegedly in solitary confinement, according to Page Six.
A source told Page Six, “The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”
People took the streets on Monday to support the rapper. A rally was held in Philadelphia to protest the judge’s decision, Billboard reports.
Joseph Tacopina, Williams’ attorney, is filing a motion for Genece Brinkley to remove herself from the court case. Tacopina has claimed Brinkley showed “enormous bias” against the star. He alleged that the judge acted “inappropriately” by asking the rapper to fire his current management sign with Charlie Mack.
A poster for that event stated, "Our criminal justice system has failed Meek Mill and millions of others like him. We stand for justice.” hashtags #justice4meek and #freemeekmill have been trending on social media as people discuss the potential injustice of the case.
A source told Page Six, “Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with his case.’ ”
Mack claims he doesn’t know the judge.
Brinkley is also accused of asking WIlliams— in front of his then-girlfriend Nicki Minaj — to record a Boyz II Men song and to give a shout out to Brinkley in it. Mack manages Boyz II Men.
A rep for the FBI Philly field office has stated, “Per [Justice Department] policy, we neither confirm nor deny the existence of investigations.”
Brinkley has not responded to the allegations.
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