Brinkley: Who Is The Judge In Meek Mill's Case?

Carla Harmon
November 19, 2017

Eleven days after Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley sent the 30-year-old hip-hop star to prison for two to four years for violating his probation in a 2008 drug and gun case, the judge has set November 27 for a hearing on a motion by his legal team to allow him to be freed on bail pending appeal.

"I've been trying to help you since 2009", Judge Brinkely said, citing a failed drug test, failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two other unrelated arrests, the AP reported.

In the opinion piece, JAY-Z condemned the judge's decision, and described it as how "criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day".

"On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another criminal rapper who didn't smarten up and is back where he started", he wrote.

Jay-Z, 47, said in his op-ed that Mill was about 19 years old when he was convicted for drug and gun possession, and served an eight-month sentence.

'For about a decade, he's been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside'.

"Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison", he wrote.

The Philadelphia judge under fire for sending rapper Meek Mill to prison has granted him a new bail hearing. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that many were shocked when Mill was sentenced after both the prosecutor and the rapper's probation officer recommended no jail time.

"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime".

"About half of the people in city jails in Philadelphia are there for probation or parole violations", he wrote.

This news arrives a few days after Mill's legal counsel filed an appeal.

Probation, which dates from English common law, was initially seen as a compassionate way for courts to grant freedom to people who pose little risk.

As Jay-Z noted, Meek Mill's charges since then have been minor and have been dropped.

He described probation as a trap, saying jails could be shut down if "people on parole or probation [are treated] more fairly".

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