Say What? Judge Denies Meek Mill’s Request for Bail, Calls Him ‘a Danger to the Community’

| December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rapper Meek Mill arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Meek Mill cannot catch a break this year.  Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley denied a motion to allow the 30-year-old rapper to be bailed out of a Pennsylvania correctional facility. Mill’s legal team said they are disappointed and the decision continues “a travesty of justice.”

The  Philadelphia judge said that  Meek Mill will stay in prison because he’s a “danger to the community.”

Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison after violating the terms of his probation on a decade-old gun and drug charge by being arrested twice this year, the rapper’s lawyers have filed additional documents to have the judge removed from the case.

Meek Mill “is and continues to be a danger to the community in Philadelphia, New York, Missouri, and other locations throughout the United States, he continues to be a danger to himself based upon a history of continuous use of illegal drugs, and is an increased and greater flight risk because he already has been sentenced to a term in state prison and gave false information to authorities when he was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri,” Brinkley said in the denial.

One of Mill’s lawyers, Joe Tacopina, responded in a statement to PEOPLE, “We are very disappointed with Judge Brinkley’s decision to deny Mr. Williams bail, which continues her long pattern of unfair treatment of him. As stated on multiple occasions, he has never missed a previous court date in this case and poses absolutely no threat to the community, which makes him an ideal candidate for bail — a conclusion the Commonwealth did not oppose. We intend to immediately appeal this decision, so Mr. Williams can be released from prison on bail while we continue to work to overturn this wrongful and unjust sentence.”

 

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