(AllHipHop News) Robert “Meek Mill” Williams has been trying to get controversial Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley removed from his 10-year-old court case. In June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against the Philadelphia rapper’s request and Brinkley has refused to recuse herself.
Despite the setbacks, the Philadelphia-raised emcee is moving forward with his attempt to get a new judge for his probation situation. This week, the PA Supreme Court instructed Meek to start the appeals process with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
“I’m grateful that my legal team will have the opportunity to present a thorough appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and make sure my case will be heard in a fair and balanced manner,” states Mill. “Unfortunately, thousands of people entrapped in the criminal justice system aren’t as fortunate to have that chance. Although this has been a difficult situation, I will continue to trust the process and I’m confident that justice will prevail.”
Meek is currently out on bail as the appeal process moves forward. Since his release in April, the 31-year-old entertainer has used his celebrity to bring awareness to criminal justice reform.
“While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to immediately hear our application to reassign Meek’s case to a new judge, we understand the Court wants us to go through the normal course of appeals to the Superior Court and we intend to do just that,” adds Joe Tacopina, Meek’s attorney.
Tacopina continues, “Time after time, Judge Brinkley has continued to display unethical behavior as she has presided over Meek’s case, and we will work diligently to rectify this grave miscarriage of justice and ensure that Meek’s wrongful conviction is overturned and he is granted the new and fair trial that he deserves.”
It was discovered that Reginald V. Graham - the original arresting officer in Meek’s 2008 gun and drug trial - was part of a secret list of cops the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office believed were known to lie in court. Even Judge Brinkley’s personal lawyer, Charles Peruto, was caught on tape agreeing that Meek’s 2008 case should be overturned.