The hip-hop community is in a frenzy over rapper Meek Mill—who was sentenced to 2-4 years in Pennsylvania state penitentiary, earlier this week, after being found guilty of violating the terms of his probation from a 2008 drug charge.
Keeping his nose clean for nine years apparently meant little to the court, who prosecuted the rapper for an assault charge he caught for in a St. Louis airport, last March, and another charge for recklessly popping a wheelie on his motorcycle, in August. Both charges were dropped, but that did not stop the court from throwing the book at him.
Roc Nation Founder/CEO Jay-Z, during his recent performance in Dallas, Texas, spoke about how Meek was given 11 years probation for a crime he committed when he was just 19 years old. Now, at age 30, he is headed back to jail.
Mill’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, spoke with Angie Martinez of Power 105.1 F.M. about the case and how Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley has continued to extend the sentence, after pleading guilty to a drug offense. According to Tacopina he was supposed to be given five years probation, which should have ended in 2013, but had continued extending the terms for technical violations.
“What happened in the courtroom yesterday was really just the climax of inappropriate conduct by a judge, and it’s at the point now where we will take drastic action,” Tacopina said in his interview.
He further alleges that Brinkley tried to encourage Meek Mill to leave Roc Nation and sign with a local manager that also happens to be a friend of hers. “That really shows you that a line has been crossed,” he continued. “That she is not being impartial and that she’s not looking at this as just another defendant, but she’s making things personal.”
During his interview, Tacopina also spoke about how Meek and Nicki Minaj were once brought into the judge’s chambers, where she asked if he would re-record the Boyz II Men song “On My Bended Knee,” and include a shoutout to the judge as a means to get out of his sentence. Clearly, he didn’t do it, which left Mill and his attorney wondering if that had anything to do with his sentencing.
“We were hoping it would never come to this point,” Tacopina said. “Meek has been under her thumb for 10 years. He has not had any major violations. As a matter of fact, last year, there was a hearing where the Chief probation officer… testified that he didn’t think Meek committing violations of probation. The judge overseeing the case found that his testimony was ‘incredible.’”
Both the probation officer and the Assistant District Attorney recommended that Meek Mill not received jail time for these technical violations, as both of the cases were ultimately dropped and the charges dismissed. However, Brinkley did not feel the same.
“I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court,” Brinkley stated during the court hearing on Monday.
After being admonished by the judge for his recent conduct, Meek Mill was taken into custody to serve out his sentence, with a possibility of parole in two years time. That is why an online petition has been started via Care2, demanding that Brinkley be disbarred for sentencing Meek to serve more jail time than convicted rapist Brock Turner. The petition goes on to state how Brinkley’s behavior is not exclusive to the case, alleging that she has sent several others to jail for violating probation in the past.
“She just sends people away because she can and these people are out here doing the right thing,” the online petition proclaims. “ She is bitter and doesn’t need to be a judge controlling someone else’s life.”
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a spokesman for the courts issued the following statement on behalf of the judge: “Because this matter is subject to future litigation, there will be no comment at this time.”
Another, perhaps more immediate petition, has also started to circulate online, via change.org, which calls on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to pardon and release Pennsylvania inmate ND8400. As of press time, 228,399 have signed—a little more than 71,600 signatures short of its goal.
Louisiana rapper Boosie BadAzz, who once faced the death penalty for a crime he did not commit, recently told TMZ that he thinks Meek Mill will only do 10 months with good behavior and will make off with even more money when he’s out.
Although, we’re not holding our breath… it would speak volumes for the rapper’s reputation to try and take the time to settle his beef with Drake and The Game, considering he may need all the help he can get.
So far… Meek Mill has already received an enormous outpour of support from several of his comrades on the outside, following Monday’s hearing, including Instagram shoutouts from Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, and comedian Kevin Hart. Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg also released a brand new music video, “Trap and a Dream” featuring [and dedicated to freeing] Meek Mill.
WATCH: A$AP FERG FEAT. MEEK MILL – “TRAP AND A DREAM”