Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill and his team of lawyers have filed three motions over his recent sentencing at the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. However, they received no response because the judge suddenly left town.
Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for various probation violations by Judge Genece E. Brinkley. Because the judge skipped town before reviewing the motions, the Hip Hop star had to spend the Thanksgiving holidays in prison.
The 3 Motions Filed by Meek Mill’s Legal Team
These are the three motions the lawyers behind the Meek Mill sentencing filed with the Courts:
1. Motion for Recusal
Recusal in law is the disqualification of a judge or jury by reason of prejudice or conflict of interest. A judge can be recused by objections of either party or judges can disqualify themselves from any case before them.
Mill’s team of lawyers is requesting Judge Brinkley to recuse herself from the Hip Hop star’s case; and that a new judge be assigned in case of any further proceedings.
2. Motion to Modify Sentence
The rapper’s legal team is also requesting that Mill’s probation be terminated at once. And that he should be released from jail after which the rapper should be resentenced once again to the term he had served incarcerated.
3. Motion for Bail
Mill’s defense counsels are also requesting that the rapper be released on unsecured bail conditional upon the terms and conditions given for his probation before August 1, 2017.
Mill’s probation officer and Philadelphia’s Assistant District Attorney said they will not counter the demands made by the rapper’s attorneys. Both had already stated they were not in support of incarceration for the rapper during his hearing on November 6.
The Assistant District Attorney is representing the Commonwealth of Philadelphia.
Mill’s Attorneys Accuse Judge Brinkley of Abusing Her Judicial Power
Another twist to Mill’s case however is that Judge Brinkley has traveled out of town for Thanksgiving. She has also not responded to the three motions.
Mill’s attorneys, led by Brian McMonagle and Joe Tacopina, have expressed distaste at Brinkley’s trip out of state. They accuse the judge of abusing her judicial power. Tocopina said:
“The Judge’s lack of attentiveness to this matter is a travesty.
While Meek fights for his freedom in prison, the Judge is out of town and neglecting to acknowledge a single motion that we’ve filed on his behalf.
It’s heartbreaking that Meek will have to spend his Thanksgiving away from his loved ones while the Judge continues to abuse her judicial power.”