Rapper Meek Mill hopeful for a "fair and balanced" trial after court instructs to file a formal appeal

Although the court denied the motion to remove the Philadelphia Judge from his case, the rapper - real name Robert Rihmeek Williams - and his team are positive about their chances.


                            Rapper Meek Mill hopeful for a "fair and balanced" trial after court instructs to file a formal appeal

Rapper Meek Mill is remaining positive and hopeful for a "fair and balanced" trial after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court instructed his legal team to formally appeal Judge Genece Brinkley's decision. In relation to a long-drawn probation case involving the hip-hop star, Mill's lawyers had earlier appealed to the court, asking for Judge Brinkley to be removed from his case on accounts of biased decisions. 

Although the court has denied the motion to remove the Philadelphia Judge from his case, the rapper - real name Robert Rihmeek Williams - and his team are positive that they now will have a chance to present the most detailed explanation to date as to why Brinkley must be removed. In addition, the attorneys of the rapper believe they will have a chance to return to the Supreme Court and make their case if the superior court rules against Mill. 

In a statement to Meaww, Mill, who was released on bail in April, has now opened up about the entire appeals process, suggesting that he is confident that justice will prevail. 

Rapper Meek Mill participates in a rally before he returns to court for a post-conviction appeal on June 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers of the 'Stand With Meek Mill' rally are calling for the judge to grant the rapper a new trial over a 2007 drug and guns case., which his lawyers have repeatedly asked for and which the District Attorney's Office does not oppose.
Rapper Meek Mill participates in a rally before he returns to court for a post-conviction appeal on June 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers of the 'Stand With Meek Mill' rally are calling for the judge to grant the rapper a new trial over a 2007 drug and guns case., which his lawyers have repeatedly asked for and which the District Attorney's Office does not oppose.

“I’m grateful that my legal team will have the opportunity to present a thorough appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and make sure my case will be heard in a fair and balanced manner. Unfortunately, thousands of people entrapped in the criminal justice system aren’t as fortunate to have that chance. Although this has been a difficult situation, I will continue to trust the process and I’m confident that justice will prevail," the All Eyes On You hitmaker's statement read.

Asides from the rapper, his lawyer Joe Tacopina has also addressed the situation as the legal team works towards getting Mill a new and fair trial. “While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to immediately hear our application to reassign Meek’s case to a new judge, we understand the Court wants us to go through the normal course of appeals to the Superior Court and we intend to do just that," said Tacopina, in a statement to Meaww.

"Time after time, Judge Brinkley has continued to display unethical behavior as she has presided over Meek’s case, and we will work diligently to rectify this grave miscarriage of justice and ensure that Meek’s wrongful conviction is overturned and he is granted the new and fair trial that he deserves,” his statement continued. 

Meek Mill performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meek Mill performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mill had appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court back in June for his case to be reassigned to a new judge. The move came after Judge Brinkley turned down his motion for a new trial. "After an in-depth review of the record, court history, notes of testimony, and evidence submitted at the evidentiary hearing, this court hereby denies defendant's petition for PCRA relief as defendant failed to meet his burden of proof," she said, in a ruling that has clearly become a topic of conversation since then.