The Philadelphia judge who sentenced rapper Meek Mill to prison is being investigated by the FBI, according to multiple reports.
TMZ and The New York Post’s Page Six broke the story and reported that the FBI is investigating Judge Genece Brinkley, who sentenced the rapper to two to four years for violating his probation.
According to CNN, Meek Mill was arrested earlier this year for popping wheelings on his dirt bike and getting into a fight at a St. Louis airport. He appeared in court and was sentenced to two to four years in prison. Brinkley cited a failed drug test and the rapper’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel.
The rapper was originally arrested at the age of 18 for illegally carrying a gun while walking into a corner store. In 2008, he was convicted on gun and drug charges stemming from this arrest, and he spent eight months in prison and was sentenced to five years probation.
Activists and members of the rap community have spoken out against Meek Mill’s heavy-handed sentence.
Last week, Jay Z voiced his support for Mill at his show in Dallas.
“I gotta say something about a young man named Meek Mill. He caught a charge, he was about 19, he’s 30 now, he’s been on probation for 11 years. F——— 11 years. How he got to do two to four years because he got arrested being on a bike popping a f——— wheelie.”
Think about this: Meek Mill has been sentenced to more time for popping a wheelie and getting in a fight than most cops do for shooting unarmed African-Americans.
“The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.” – a source to Page Six
Joe Tacopina, Mill’s attorney, said the judge showed “enormous bias,” including requesting that mill sign with Philadelphia music figure Charlie Mack and drop Roc Nation.
“Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with the case.’” – Tacopina
A representative for the FBI’s Philadelphia field office said it could neither “confirm nor deny the existence of investigations” as per Justice Department policy.