Feds Investigating Meek Mill Sentencing Judge, Nicki Minaj May be Called As A Witness

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The FBI is reportedly investigating Judge Genece Brinkley, she is the judge that sentenced Meek Mill to 2 to 4 years probabtion for violating his probation. The FBI is looking into Brinkley’s relationship to Philadelphia music industry figure Charlie Mack.

Meek Mill’s legal team has officially moved to remove Brinkley from the case. Page Six reported that the FBI had launched an investigation into the conduct of Judge Genece Brinkley. The primary focus of the FBI’s investigation, according to Page Six, is Judge Brinkley’s relationship to Charles Mack. In a recent conversation with The FADER, Meek Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina suggested that Brinkley had a personal connection to Mack.  The rapper’s legal team is claiming that Brinkley violated protocol by encouraging Meek Mill to leave Roc Nation and encouraging him to return to his former manager

In the motion for recusal, Meek Mill’s lawyers write that Judge Brinkley “assumed a non-judicial, essentially prosecutorial role in the revocation process.” Attached transcripts of court proceedings point to a January 2014 conversation between Gary Silver, Meek Mill’s lawyer at the time, the prosecutor Noel DeSantis, and Brinkley in which the three parties are discussing the terms of the rapper’s probation:

THE COURT: “Okay. The other thing that was raised that I have to address is this issue about him signing parole papers, probation papers that he’s not going to be around convicted felons … and the rules of probation state he can’t be around convicted felons.”

DeSantis: “Your Honor, [Meek]’s not supposed to be around anyone who is under supervision and be around known felons. Your Honor made an exception back in the day with the management to Mr. Mac. That was the only exception that you made.”

Another exhibit in the motion for recusal includes a portion of the transcript from Meek Mill’s February 5, 2016 hearing for violating probation, during which he was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest. Nicki Minaj, real name Onika Maraj, was present during the hearing, and Tacopina told The FADER that Brinkley invited both Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj back into her chambers, where she allegedly asked Meek Mill to remake a Boyz II Men song and shout her out by name. The motion says that “Mr. Williams and Ms. Maraj can testify, if a hearing is required.”

THE COURT: What I would like to do is since Ms. Minaj indicated that she is going to help, are you still willing to help?

NICKI MINAJ: Yes.

THE COURT: I want to see you and Mr. Williams in the back. Thank you.

A representative for Nicki Minaj was not immediately available for comment.

Story still developing.

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