Thursday, 28 June 2018
Meek Mill denied new trial by controversial Judge Genece Brinkley
Rapper, Meek Mill has been denied a new trial in a ruling by controversial Judge Genece Brinkley. According to court documents viewed by Pitchfork, the widely criticized Judge Genece Brinkley announced Monday that the court would be denying his petition for PCRA relief as Meek allegedly "failed to meet his burden of proof" when presenting evidence that one of his arresting officers had credibility issues.
This comes after it was discovered that the police officer who testified at his original criminal trial years ago had his name placed on a list of corrupt Philadelphia cops. Following the new evidence on ground, the Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner, recommended that Meek be granted a new trial.
After Meek appeared in court to demand a new trial last week, Judge Brinkley responded with a flat refusal of Meek's request on Monday.
In a statement to Complex after Brinkley's decision was announced, Meek's lawyer Joe Tacopina said the decision came as no surprise. "Despite the agreement of the District Attorney's office on the need for a new trial, and the granting of new trials to other identically situated defendants, Judge Brinkley made clear during the hearing on June 18th that she had already decided the matter," he said. "We continue to believe that this miscarriage of justice will be corrected upon further review, and that the public's confidence in the impartiality of the judicial system in Pennsylvania will be restored."