Judge Denies Meek Mill's Bail Request Despite #FreeMeek Campaign

Judge slams Meek Mill as a "danger to the community." 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Meek Mill's request for bail has been denied. According to TMZ, the rapper will not get bail because Judge Genece Brinkley says the rapper is a "flight risk" and "a danger to the community" in court docs.

The judge also questioned the rapper's sobriety. She questions the validity of his clean drug tests and whether he used something to speedily cleanse his system called "Fast Flush."

Last month, it was reported that Meek violated his probation when he was arrested twice this year: first in March, when he was caught fighting at a St. Louis airport and in August, when he was busted for driving recklessly through New York City on his dirt bike. He previously served eight months behind bars after being convicted of drug dealing and possession of a gun in 2008.

A petition to #FreeMeek has since circulated, defending the rapper for what many see as a harsh, unfair punishment.  Jay-Z, who heads the rapper's management company, wrote an op-ed about the punitive probation system in America and how Meek is an example of that.

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The Philly rapper's lawyer told Billboard that the judge has a personal vendetta against Meek. Attorney Joe Tacopina said that Brinkley is "enamored" by the rapper and even tried to strong-arm him into signing with her friend's record label. The judge has not publicly addressed these allegations.

In light of the denial of bail, the defense says the judge's decision "continues her long pattern of unfair treatment" of Meek Mill. They say they will appeal.

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