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Meek Mill has motion for bail denied by judge

December 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Meek Mill has motion for bail denied by judge Meek Mill mugshot Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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Rapper Meek Mill has been refused bail as attorneys attempt to have the judge recused from the case.

The 30-year-old has spent the last month behind bars after he was sentenced to two to four years for violating his probation. The probation stemmed from a drug and weapons offense in 2008. Last week, his lawyer’s request to release him was rejected.

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley dismissed the request as she believed the rapper – whose real name is Robert Williams – “continues to be a danger to the community in Philadelphia, New York, Missouri, and other locations throughout the U.S.,” NBC10 reported.

She also noted: “He is a danger to himself based upon a history of use of illegal drugs, and is an increased flight risk because he has been sentenced to a term in prison and gave false information to authorities when he was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri.”

However, his defense team – headed by Brian J McMonagle – intends to appeal the ruling as they believe the man is the “ideal candidate for bail.”

Meek Mill gets prison time

Meek Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for a probation violation

He said to E! News: “We are disappointed with Judge Brinkley’s decision to deny Williams bail, which continues this travesty of justice. He has never missed court dates and poses no threat to the community making him an ideal candidate for bail, a conclusion the District Attorney did not oppose. We intend to appeal this so Mr. Williams can be released from prison while we continue to work to overturn this unjust sentence.”

Attorneys also filed a motion to have Judge Brinkley taken off the case because they allege that she “imposed a harsh sentence, even though the rapper’s probation officer and the prosecutor had not asked for him to be imprisoned.

The motion noted that Judge Brinkley “offered inappropriate personal and professional advice to the defendant, who had become a successful entertainer during the pendency of this case. On some occasions, Judge Brinkley has done so off the record, or on the record while attempting to keep that record secret from the defendant and his counsel.”

For instance, Meek’s team alleges that the judge continuously asked the rapper to cut ties with the Roc Nation record label, and sign with Charlie Mack, whom Meek was linked to in the early stages of his music career.

Meek Mill was first taken into custody at 18-years-old when he was busted with an illegal firearm and assaulted a police officer, which resulted in him to be placed on probation. Since then, he’s been arrested another four times for violating the conditions, and the judge indicated that another violation would result in a prison sentence.

He was then given to 11 to 23 months behind bars in 2008 after he was convicted of drug dealing and possession of a firearm. He was released under a year later under a five-year parole agreement, which he violated in 2012.

In 2014, the rapper had his probation revoked, and he was sentenced to three to six months after he neglected to inform the courts of his travel plans on multiple occasions.

He was released at the end of 2014 but, less than a year later, was again convicted of parole violation again and was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest.

During that time he was prohibited from working and was required to to perform community service.

He was also hit with an additional six years of probation, which is currently still in effect.

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