Justice Genece E. Brinkley, the judge who presided over the Meek Mill case and sentenced him to 2 to 4 years in jail, has rejected a request to reconsider her sentence.
According to Rolling Stone, Meek Mill’s team had requested that Brinkley recuse herself from the case, claiming that she had personal bias.
The rapper’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, had cited “unusual personal interest,” claiming that Brinkley had requested Meek Mill and his former girlfriend Nicki Minaj perform a cover of Boyz II Men‘s “On Bended Knee” as a tribute to her.
Responding to the allegation, Brinkley said:
This bald allegation has no basis in reality. There is zero evidence to support this claim. The court has repeatedly told Defendant that he cannot demand special treatment just because he has chosen to be an entertainer.
She refused to recuse herself from the case, describing her judgement as “absolutely necessary.” She said:
[The] defendant received proper notice of all alleged probation violations in advance of his hearing.
The sentence imposed was not manifestly excessive and this Court stated sufficient reasons on the record to support a state sentence of 2 to 4 years.