Meek Mill’s Bail Request Denied by Judge Who Sentenced Him

A Philadelphia judge is refusing to spring rapper Meek Mill from prison, saying the rapper is “a danger to the community.”

Judge Genece Brinkley denied Mill’s bid for bail in a decision made public Monday.

Last month, Brinkley sentenced Mill to a two- to four-year prison term for violating his probation for a 2008 drug and weapon possession conviction.

Mill was in Brinkley’s court after the rapper was arrested in Inwood and charged with popping wheelies on a dirt bike as well as an arrest in St. Louis for an altercation with two airport employees.

The charges in both cases were dropped. Brinkley also said Williams was a “danger to himself due to his continuous drug use.”

Prosecutors and probation officers weren’t asking for Brinkley to lock up Mill.

And Brinkley’s prison sentence has triggered fury among Mill’s supporters — including the Rev. Al Sharpton and JAY-Z — saying Mill exemplified the abuse and overreach that has sent many to jail on minor violations just as they were trying to get their lives back on track after a prison stint.

The 30-year-old rapper, whose name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, plans to appeal the bail ruling and “wrongful” sentence at the heart of the controversy, his lawyer says.

“We are very disappointed with Judge Brinkley’s decision to deny Mr. Williams bail, which continues her long pattern of unfair treatment of him,” lawyer Joe Tacopina said.

“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.”

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Tacopina and Sharpton visited Mill at a Chester, Pa. prison last week.

“If you can do this to a successful artist like Meek Mill, you can do this to many around this country,” Sharpton said at the time.

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