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Judge Who Sentenced Meek Mill Refuses To Change Stance

By Njideka Agbo With Agency Report 03 April 2018   |   12:00 pm
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Controversial judge Genece E. Brinkley defended Meek Mill's two to four-year sentence for violating his parole, calling it "absolutely necessary."

Last month, Mill's defence lawyer, Joe Tacopina, requested the firing of Brinkley, following allegations of bias. Her decision comes after Philadelphia prosecutors said they would not be opposed to the rapper's release on bail amid claims that his arresting officer lied under oath.

She wrote in the court documents,

[The] defendant received proper notice of all alleged probation violations in advance of his hearing. The sentence imposed was not manifestly excessive and this Court stated sufficient reasons on the record to support a state sentence of 2 to 4 years”.

His lawyer in reaction to this said,

"Fortunately, we have already filed petitions with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to secure his release, and we remain hopeful that the Court will right this injustice very soon. Mill was sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2008 drug and weapon possession conviction."

**Reuters

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