Meek Mill goes free after FBI charges judge with misconduct
PHILADELPHIA -- On Monday, the FBI charged Court of Common Pleas judge Genece Brinkley with judicial misconduct after agents concluded she was guilty of "weird, corrupt, and sexually predatory behavior" toward Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.
Brinkley denied the charges but immediately recused herself from any court proceedings relating to Meek Mill going forward.
Brinkley's recusal became public just hours after Page Six reported that FBI agents were looking into her "indefensible decision" to sentence the Meek Mill to a two-to-four year prison stay for relatively trivial violations of his probation. The Read's resident legal expert Crissle West called Brinkley's decision to imprison Mill, "a wildly punitive and unfair sentence, one that beggars belief and suggestions she's using her power to extort him," and called on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate.
Brinkley's recusal represents a shocking bit of good fortune for Meek Mill, who famously projects a macho, tough-guy persona to compensate for years of loss, abuse and humiliation at the hands of Drake, former girlfriend and superior rapper Nicki Minaj, and Meek Mill's own, deeply embarrassing misogyny and homophobia.
"Wow. So this is what it feels like to catch a break," Meek told reporters, crying heavily as members desperately tried to mop tears from the front of his new "This is What a Feminist Looks Like" t-shirt.
As protesters celebrated outside the Philadelphia courthouse, fellow rappers, including Jay-Z and T.I., offered Tweets of solidarity, even congratulating Robert Mueller for urging the FBI to intercede in the case. "This guy's views of women and gays were never going to evolve if he went to prison. In men, injustice creates self-pity, and that creates narcissistic men who can't get over themselves enough to care about other people," Jay-Z said.
The FBI decided to open a probe into whether Judge Brinkley acted “inappropriately” toward Mill in the courtroom after attorney Joseph Tacopina complained that she demanded that Meek leave Roc Nation and sign a new record contract with her friend Charlie Mack, stalked him while he performed court-mandated community service, and urged him to “give her a shoutout” on a cover of Boys II Men’s “On Bended Knee.”
"'On Bended Knee' isn't even a good song," he said. "The whole thing is bizarre. Thank god the tragedy is over"