PHILADELPHIA (AP/CBS) — Two sources confirm to Eyewitness News that the FBI is looking into the judge who sentenced rapper Meek Mill to prison last week.
Sources say federal investigators are probing Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley’s conduct in and out of the courtroom, but we don’t know the specific scope of the FBI.
The probe comes as a lawyer for Meek Mill is asking that same judge to recuse herself before he appeals Mills’ sentence of two to four years in prison for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.
On Tuesday, his lawyers asked Brinkley to step down, saying she stepped out of her judicial bounds numerous times. Among the examples cited was the judge suggesting Mill record a version of the Boyz II Men song “On Bended Knee” and specifically mention the judge in it. The lawyer says after Mill declined, the judge replied: “Suit yourself.”
Brian McMonagle, Meek Mill’s attorney, says he’s looking to right a wrong.
“What happened last week was a miscarriage of justice,” said McMonagle.
McMonagle says the rapper needs to get in front of a different judge, one who he says is fair and impartial.
“We had a hearing last week in which an assistant district attorney and a probation officer, both in open court, made recommendations for this defendant to remain at home and to remain on probation,” said McMonagle.
McMonagle recently spoke with Mill in jail. He says the rapper is finding strength knowing there are many people out there making their voices heard. They want to see him free.
On Monday night, former Philadelphia 76er Julius Erving, Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins and rapper Rick Ross were among hundreds of people gathered to protest Mill’s imprisonment.
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