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Jun132018

Meek Mill motion to remove judge from criminal case denied by split Supreme Court voting 

Jerritt Clark/WireImageMeek Mill’s request to have a judge removed from his criminal trial has been denied as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was evenly divided on his motion. 

The court was split 3-3 on the decision, so Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley will continue to preside over Mill’s appeal of his sentence on a probation violation, Law.com reports. The seventh judge did not participate in the voting. The appeal hearing is scheduled to begin June 18. 

As previously reported, Mill wants Brinkley removed from his case because she sent him to prison, despite the fact that neither prosecutors, or his probation officer, had requested that he be incarcerated. 

Earlier this month, Philadelphia Judge Leon Tucker, who is the supervising judge of Philadelphia’s criminal courts, denied Mill’s motion to have Brinkley removed, saying he did not have jurisdiction to remove fellow trial judges from their cases. 

Brinkley sentenced the “All Eyes On Me” rapper to prison and denied him an opportunity to be released on bail. Mill was eventually granted bail in April. 

Mill’s legal team claims that Brinkley has treated him unfairly by refusing to grant him a new trial despite support from the District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Mill believes he was framed by former Philadelphia Police Officer Reginald Graham, who arrested him. 

Mill was initially convicted in 2008 on drug and gun charges, serving an eight-month sentence, followed by probation. In November 2017, Brinkley sentenced the rapper to two to four years in prison for parole violations. In April of this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally granted Mill’s release.

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