The latest filing, first obtained by XXL Thursday, again points to "improper" behavior by Brinkley that Meek and his attorneys believe "undermines the public perception of the integrity of this Commonwealth's judicial system." Furthermore, the appeal adds, Brinkley's conduct has only grown "more egregious" as the case has continued.
"This Court has given the Honorable Genece Brinkley multiple chances to step aside on this matter in the interests of justice, but she repeatedly has refused to do the right thing," the filing states.
Earlier this week, Brinkley denied Meek's request for a new trial. In Brinkley’s opinion, per TMZ, Meek allegedly "failed to meet his burden of proof" in showing that a new trial was necessary. Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, told Complex in a subsequent statement that he and his client would "continue to believe" that further review will show this to be a "miscarriage of justice."
The Philadelphia District Attorney, meanwhile, agrees that the request for a new trial is reasonable due to the glaring problems associated with former Philadelphia cop and Meek witness Reggie Graham. The ex-police officer's name was revealed on the once-secret "Do Not Call" list compiled by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office back in March. Graham, the list noted, was "investigated by federal authorities for several alleged acts of corruption" related to incidents circa 2013. This revelation backs up the claims Mill made in his post-conviction relief motion, Tacopina later said.