Judge Genece E. Brinkley “Do the Right Thing!” Remove yourself from the Meek Mill case

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Having been a former prosecutor in Baltimore City, and criminal defense attorney that has practiced in many jurisdictions around the country for over 22 years, I find the situation regarding Robert Rihmeek Williams (AKA Meek Mill) an alarming miscarriage of justice.  I can no longer sit back and watch our criminal justice system, through Judge Brinkley, further perpetuate the mass incarceration crisis that continues to cripple our communities. 

 As we know, Meek Mill pled guilty in 2008 to a gun and drug case.  He served time and was released from prison in 2009 with a minimal probationary period.  His plea was in front of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Judge Genece E. Brinkley.  Sadly, Judge Brinkley has a documented history of placing individuals on probation and extending their time often up to 10 years even after achieving a measure of success during the courts probation, such as Herbert Cottrell and numerous others.  Meek Mill has been on probation for almost 10 years.  This practice sets individuals up for failure and contributes to the prison industry.

The intent of probation is to allow individuals who have been found guilty the opportunity to reinstate themselves as productive members of society.  Meek Mill's accomplishments while on probation speak for them self.  Not only has he helped his community, he has climbed the charts as a rap artist, established his own label allowing young adults such as Ybs Skola and Lil Chino from Baltimore, who are from neighborhoods similar to his, to have a shot at realizing their own dreams in the music and entertainment industry.

The circumstances surrounding the Judge’s decision to send Meek Mill to prison for violating his probation are suspicious, at the very least, and ethically egregious at best.  According to The Inquirer, Judge Brinkley demonstrated her inability to separate her personal inclinations from her professional responsibilities.  Other news accounts detail Judge Brinkley’s decision to sentence Meek Mill to prison, despite the prosecutor, his probation officer, and his defense attorney’s recommendations that his sentence not include incarceration.  It is very clear that Judge Brinkley is not able to dispense justice in a fair and impartial manner and should, therefore, do the right thing and remove herself from this case and grant him a new hearing in front of a new judge. 

Now is the time to take a stand against this unfair, unjust and biased prison sentence from Judge Genece E. Brinkley.  Sign this petition to force Judge Brinkley to adhere to the judicial impartiality that she swore to uphold, and remove herself from this case, giving Robert Rihmeek Williams his right to receive justice that is truly blind.

 



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