On Nov. 6, Meek Mill, a platinum-selling rapper and Philadelphia native, was sentenced to two and four years in state prison over multiple parole violations stemming from a 2007 case. This decision was handed down by Judge Genece Brinkley, the presiding judge in Meek's case since 2009.
The legal team of the Philly rapper has, unsurprisingly, been fighting the judgments against their client every step of the way.
Meek's legal team have so far:
- Requested that Judge Brinkley recuse herself from the case on Nov. 14.
- Applied for a bail reconsideration on Nov. 16 (This was denied by Brinkley on Dec. 1. Brinkley wrote in her ruling that she believes the rapper to be a "flight risk" given the fact that he has multiple addresses and knows the severity of the sentence he faces.)
- Filed an emergency Original Writ of Habeas Corpus motion to have Meek immediately released on Nov. 28. (This was denied by the Pennsylvania Superior Court the same day.)
- Appealed Judge Brinkley's denial with the Superior Court on Dec. 6. (This was denied on Dec. 7.)
- Appealed the two-to-four year sentence as a whole on Dec. 7.
Meek's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, says they will continue trying to vindicate Meek.
"Just today, we appealed this unfair and improper sentence to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and will ask the court to release Mr.Williams on bail pending appeal," Mill's lawyer Brian McMonagle told NPR in a statement on Dec. 7. "We will not rest until we secure Mr. Williams' freedom."