The judge of Meek Mill's case has denied him bail, declaring him as "a danger to the community."
TMZ reports that in court documents, Judge Genece Brinkley called Meek Mill a "flight risk" and a "danger to the community." She also reportedly doubted the validity of his clean drug tests, claiming that he may have used a system cleanser.
"We are very disappointed with Judge Brinkley's decision to deny Mr. Williams bail, which continues her long pattern of unfair treatment of him," lawyer Joe Tacopina said in a statement to REVOLT TV. "As stated on multiple occasions, he has never missed a previous court date in this case and poses absolutely no threat to the community, which makes him an ideal candidate for bail – a conclusion the Commonwealth did not oppose. We intend to immediately appeal this decision, so Mr. Williams can be released from prison on bail while we continue to work to overturn this wrongful and unjust sentence."
Reverend Al Sharpton also released a statement.
"We at National Action Network continue to urge Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself. We need a judge that has no interest or reported bias in the case to review this. It is the feeling expressed by many, and this concerns us, that this judge has been overly punitive in her decisions against Meek Mill," Sharpton said. "... For Judge Brinkley to say now that he is a danger to the community only further advances some kind of personal bias. It is unthinkable that a judge would not hear the prosecutor and the probation officer in this case. It is suspect to raise the ante by calling him a danger to the community when Judge Brinkley is the only person to have raised such a concern."
Meek Mill, 30, was sentenced in November to two to four years in prison for violating his probation, stemming from drugs and weapons charges he was convicted of when he was 19 years old. He is currently locked up in State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Last week, his legal team filed a motion for emergency bail, along with a habeas corpus petition that claimed that Brinkley was ignoring Meek's post-sentencing motions, making it impossible for him to file an appeal. The emergency bail was denied, but Brinkley was ordered to rule on Meek's bail request "without further delay," which prompted Monday's decision.
Meek Mill's lawyers have said that Brinkley has a bias against him, and have been pushing to get her to reconsider her decision or recuse herself from the case. They claimed that she went to one of his community service requirements to watch him work, pushed him to leave his management with Roc Nation to work with Philadelphia entertainment manager Charlie Mack, and to make a remix of a Boyz II Men song while shouting her out. The FBI, according to reports, is investigating Brinkley's relationship with Mack and whether it's inappropriate.
Reverend Al Sharpton visited Meek Mill in prison in recent weeks to send well wishes and offer support to his legal team. In the meantime, fans, friends, family, and the hip-hop community have supported Meek with a Philadelphia rally, social media and concert shout outs.
additional reporting by Ralph Bristout