Last week, a judge ordered the release of documents that Meek Mill’s lawyers argued would prove that the judge who sentenced Meek to two to four years was biased. But TMZ reviewed and released those documents, and the transcript doesn’t appear to show what Meek’s lawyers claimed.
According to Meek’s lawyers, judge Genece Brinkley attempted to get the rapper to drop his Roc Nation management in favor of Charlie Mack, a friend of the judge. According to TMZ, the documents show that it was Meek’s probation officer, not Brinkley trying to get Meek to pick up Mack. “What I like about Charlie, he is not invested in Meek Mills. He is invested in Robert Williams [Meek's real name]," the probation officer said.
The judge then said “I don't want the record to suggest who your management is or is not."
That doesn’t mean that Meek’s sentencing is justified, but his lawyer’s argument that the judge was inappropriate does not look like it’s going to be a straightforward case. According to court documents, the judge had, on other occasions dating back as far as 2012, praised Mack's management of Meek. However, she had not gone so far as to recommend him in courtroom to become Meek's manager. Meanwhile, the court is investigating another incident that took place during Meek’s hearing. Apparently a court clerk slipped Meek a note asking the rapper for money to pay her son’s tuition.
It’s unclear what Meek’s team now plans to do moving forward with his case. The rapper was sentenced back in November for violating his probation from 2008 gun and drug charges. Since then, fans and fellow artists have spoken out in support of Meek. Jay Z penned a New York Times op-ed where he defends Meek, citing the frequent injustice of imprisoning black men for parole-related offenses.
Meek’s “Dreams and Nightmares” track became the rally song of Meek’s hometown football team the Philadelphia Eagles as they get ready for Super Bowl LII.