Meek Mill's attorney Joe Tacopina has not been shy about saying why he thinks his client received a harsh sentence of two to four years behind bars for probation violations. He claims that the judge in the case, Genece Brinkley, behaved "unprofessionally" during her interactions with Meek—asking him to record a song with a tribute to her and denying that she received important documents that she had in fact seen and responded to.
Now, Tacopina is taking things one step further than just giving interviews. He told TMZ that he's taking a double-barreled approach to moving Brinkley off the case: complaining to the judicial conduct board and filing a motion for the judge to remove herself from the case. Tacopina also told the gossip site that Meek will be gunning for a pardon from the state of Pennsylvania, though that is a years-long process.
In addition to his lawyer, Meek had another person speak out on his behalf recently: Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin. Rubin wrote a letter to Brinkley arguing for her to go easy on the rapper.
In the missive, Rubin says he first met Meek at an NBA All-Star Game, and was fascinated immediately.
"I have rarely met someone as interesting as him," Rubin writes. "I quickly saw that he had a genuine desire to learn, grow, and advance his career and find a way to have a positive impact on his community."
Rubin, who calls Meek "one of my closest friends," says the rapper is "at a pivotal point in his career."
"I am devoted to his future, and making sure he accomplishes the goals that you have set forth for him," Rubin continues. "I truly believe that such a sentence would destroy his future."