Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley is not backing down on her reasoning behind sentencing Meek Mill to 2-4 years in state prison behind violation of probation charges. Last week, Brinkley filed a 48-page judicial opinion with the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the opinion piece, Brinkley outlined her reasoning for sentencing Meek to 2-4 years behind bars. NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) reports, in her filing, Brinkley wrote that the court had been lenient with Meek so that he could work on rehabilitation from opiod abuse, but he repeatedly “thumbed his nose” at those efforts.
“Instead of simply complying with the terms and conditions of his probation so he could finish out his sentence and continue to work, he (Meek) continued to disregard this court’s decision and did whatever he wanted to do.” Brinkley wrote. Brinkley also said that the 2-4 year prison sentence was “reasonable” and “appropriate, and necessary to “vindicate” and assert the court’s authority.
Brinkley’s judicial opinion to the courts comes in response to several legal challenges levied against the judge by Meek’s legal team, also the backlash of the public who allege Meek’s sentence was unfair and biased. Meek’s attorneys contend his sentence is a direct effect of Brinkley being vindictive toward the rapper. The lawyers also contend that Brinkley has made inappropriate contact with Meek over the course of the saga that has been going on for most of the last decade, including attempting to get Meek to sign with Brinkley’s personal friend Charlie Mac’s management team on more than one occasion. The Superior Court sent the case back to Brinkley’s court, and on Thursday, she ruled that Meek’s prison sentence will stand, and she will not recuse herself from the case. Brinkley also denied the claims of inappropriate dealing with Meek. She said the claims were false and without merit.