Judge Genece Brinkley Denies Meek Mill's Request For New Trial


Update: Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has released a statement to Billboard regarding Tuesday's ruling. Tacopina also notes that Meek Mill's legal team will be appealing Judge Brinkley's ruling to a higher court. 

“We are not at all surprised by Judge Brinkley‘s decision today. Despite the agreement the District Attorney’s fice on the need for a new trial, and the granting new trials to other identically situated defendants, Judge Brinkley made clear during the hearing on June 18 that she had already decided the matter. We continue to believe that this miscarriage justice will be corrected upon further review and that the public’s confidence in the impartiality the judicial system in Pennsylvania will be restored.”

Just over a week ago (June 18), Meek Mill made his way back to court for his latest hearing in hopes securing a new trial away from Judge Genece Brinkley. Following the appearance, Meek didn't seem very confident. “I feel like what went on in the courtroom today is disgraceful,” he relayed.

On Tuesday (June 26), Brinkley and the courts denied his latest motion to receive a fresh trial, despite the district attorney's belief that the 31-year-old is a deserving candidate, according to KYW1060. 

“After an in-depth review the record, court history, notes 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 pro,” read Brinkley's ruling. 

The Philly-bred rapper made his return to music Sunday night (June 24), where he delivered a powerful performance his latest single “Stay Woke” alongside Miguel at the BET Awards. Meek extended his vacation in Los Angeles by making a cameo at Monday's NBA Awards in support Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons and Houston Rockets star James Harden, who are both good friends Mill.

Simmons walked away with Rookie the Year honors and Harden ended up taking home his first Most Valuable Player award. TMZ caught Meek celebrating with James Harden at a local L.A. nightclub following the awards ceremony. 

Meek had hoped a new trial would be granted since his 2008 arresting ficer has been at the center Philadelphia's law enforcement corruption scandal.

Check out Judge Brinkley's ficial statement regarding Meek Mill's case below.

Billboard has reached out to Meek Mill's team for comment.