Meek Mill’s petition to remove judge has been denied
The court will revisit the petition after the rapper’s June 18 hearing.
Last week, Meek Mill's legal team announced it was petitioning the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to remove Judge Genece Brinkley from the Philly rapper's case. On Tuesday, the court announced a split 3-3 decision, denying the motion. However, one of the justices who voted to deny the filing agreed to revisit his decision after June 18, when Meek Mill will undergo an evidentiary hearing with Judge Brinkley.
Meek Mill's legal team have accused Judge Brinkley of inappropriate behaviour throughout his case. The accusations have ranged from claims that she asked him to record a Boys II Men cover for her, to taking an "unusual" interest in the management of his career. Judge Brinkley has denied these claims.
This year, Meek Mill's arresting officer Reginald Graham was named on a list of "tainted" Philly cops discouraged from testifying (Graham's testimony was central to the 2008 case against Meek Mill). Since then, over 600 cases handled by Graham and his unit have been referred to Philadelphia President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper for Post Conviction Relief Appeals (PCRA) – Judge Brinkley remains the only judge who has not signed off on a referral.
Read Joe Tacopina's statement on the Supreme Court's ruling below.