FBI Investigates Judge Who Sentenced Meek Mill to Prison for Probation Violation
- Author: Michelle Webb Nov 15, 2017,
Nov 15, 2017, 0:25
He criticized Brinkley for extending Mill's initial five-year probation sentence following various violations.
Tacopina accused Brinkley of "taking an inappropriate personal interest in (Meek Mill) that goes above and beyond her role as a judge".
Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced to two to four years in prison last week for violating probation in a almost decade-old gun and drug case.
'In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to re-evaluate the charges, his impact in the community, and the subsequent sentencing, ' the petition reads.
Tacopina told CNN on Monday that he plans to exhaust all legal avenues as well as political avenues to remedy what he called "an obvious injustice".
"So this practice of jailing people when you feel like it against the recommendation of your own constituents and in this case it was a district attorney and it was his probation officer-that's got to stop". "If it takes Meek Mill to draw this attention, then it's going to speak for so many others".
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"Brinkley replied, "'OK, suit yourself, '" according to Tacopina.
The outcry over rapper Meek Mill's tough sentence has attracted the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has launched a probe into the Philadelphia judge presiding over the case, Page Six has exclusively learned.
Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, told Page Six the judge showed "enormous bias", including requesting that Mill sign with Philadelphia music figure Charlie Mack and drop Roc Nation, who was his current manager.
Mack was among about 50 persons to offer support to Mill during an August 18, 2014, probation violation hearing before Brinkley.
The FBI has not confirmed nor denied an investigation. He added that he also is filing a motion asking that the transcript of the disputed private meeting be unsealed and made public.
The FBI did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment in time for publication.
For Mill, the problem with a Superior Court appeal is that, unless he is allowed bail pending appeal, he could serve his minimum sentence before a decision.