Meek Mill's Decade Long Legal Battle

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99 Problems and This Bench Is One
Meek Mill, aka Robert Williams, a popular rapper hailing from Philadelphia, has spent the last decade dealings with bars, both lyrical and physical. While many rappers seem to take inspiration from—if not pride in—their run-ins with the law, Meek's legal woes are uniquely epic. Meek's arduous journey through the criminal justice system has become a cause célèbre, uniting a diverse assortment of celebrities and activists from all walks of life in advocation for criminal justice reform.
Meek's supporters include fellow rappers such as billionaire entrepreneur and MC Jay-Z, professional athletes like the provocative Colin Kaepernick, and non-Grammy winning billionaire entrepreneurs Michael Rubin, Robert Kraft, and Daniel Loeb—who, inspired by Meek’s tumultuous legal experience, have all rallied to his cause. This star-studded super group led to the creation of REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice reform initiative that has already received over $50 million in pledges. For now, the initiative has its sights set primarily on the probation system—the mechanism through which Meek Mill was trapped in the criminal justice system for over a decade, because of a mistake he made as a teenager. To understand why Meek Mill has become such a symbol for criminal justice reform, let's take a look back at the timeline of his experience in the justice system.
Meek Beginnings for a Young Rapper
This legal minefield that Meek has been navigating for over a decade all stems from an arrest when he was only 19 years old (he is currently 32). On January 23, 2007, a member of the Philadelphia Narcotics Field Unit (NFU), Reggie Graham, claimed that he saw Meek selling crack cocaine to an informant. The next day, the NFU obtained a warrant to search Meek’s home, and he was ultimately arrested as a result of the search and encounter.
Graham claimed that during the search, Meek had pointed a gun at him. Meek admitted to carrying a gun at the time for protection, but insists that he "ditched it" when he saw the police and never pointed it at them. Meek had also claimed that the officers used excessive force in the encounter, using his head as a battering ram to open a door, leaving his blood on the floor and ceiling. Meek was facing 19 charges when he went in front of Judge Genece Brinkley, who would go on to be a key player in Meek’s lengthy legal troubles. After Meek waived his right to a jury trial (reportedly to save legal costs), Judge Brinkley found him guilty of seven of the charges, and sentenced him to two years incarceration followed by eight years of probation.
The Arresting Officer & Possible Corruption
Reginald Graham—the officer who arrested Meek, wrote the search warrant, and testified as the sole prosecution witness at Meek’s trial—has since left the force and come under heavy fire for allegations of corruption.
In 2018, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office placed Graham on their “blacklist” of police officers who should not be summoned to testify as witnesses due to their questionable trustworthiness. This was likely (in part) because Graham had recently been the subject of a federal investigation into corrupt police conduct. Additionally, another officer who was at the scene of Meek’s 2007 arrest, Jerold Gibson, has written a sworn statement contradicting Graham’s account and claiming that Meek did not point a gun at them.
As of this writing, a Philadelphia judge has already dismissed three cases (unrelated to Meek) that hinged on Graham’s testimony.
From Early Release to a Biased Judge
Meek was released early for good behavior, began serving his eight-year probation sentence, and did well for several years until an encounter with police on Halloween in 2012. Meek was on his way to the airport when he was stopped by police, claiming they smelled marijuana in his car. Meek maintains he was arrested for refusing to allow the police to search his car. He was released the next day and charges were never filed.
Despite charges not being filed, Meek found himself before Judge Brinkley again. He had apparently tested positive for opiates in 2011, but was unable to have a hearing until this date due to being on tour. Judge Brinkley ordered two drug tests—there’s conflicting information regarding whether Meek tested clean or never took the tests, but either way Judge Brinkley prohibited Meek from touring until his next hearing. When she found out he had continued scheduling tour dates, the Judge ordered him to stay in the state until his next hearing. Touring is the primary source of income for many artists, so this prohibition significantly affected Meek’s career.
At his next hearing, in March 2013, Meek’s probation officer claimed the rapper violated the travel restrictions of his probation. Meek argued that his schedule is incredibly hectic and can change quickly, asking for leniency. He claimed that it was simply a matter of needing to change his approved travel plans last minute when Hurricane Sandy struck New York. Judge Brinkley nonetheless found Meek in violation of his probation and refused his request to grant him a new probation officer. Additionally, because references Meek made on social media about his probation officer allegedly incited fans to send the officer death threats, Judge Brinkley ordered Meek to take etiquette courses as part of his probation.
In July 2014, Meek once again found himself in front of Judge Brinkley for a violation of probation hearing. The Judge sentenced Meek to three to six months in jail for failing to get her permission to travel for concerts. She also referenced a drug test where Meek tested positive for Percocet (which he began taking after having his wisdom teeth removed) and scolded him for negative tweets about his probation officer and being “combative” and “disrespectful” to probation staffers. As a result of this violation, Meek was in jail until December 2014 and was sentenced to an additional five years of probation.
In December 2015, Meek was in front of Judge Brinkley for a hearing on probation violation once again. It was alleged that Meek failed to report to his probation officer, disobeyed travel restrictions, and submitted cold water for a urine test. Brinkley prohibited Meek from traveling and performing until his sentencing hearing in February 2016. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Brinkley sentenced Meek to 90 days of house arrest and six more years of probation.
More Probation Time, More Problems
While serving this newly-lengthened term of probation, Meek had two more run-ins with the law. On March 15, 2017, Meek was charged with misdemeanor assault following an altercation in a St. Louis airport with an airport employee who tried to take a picture of Meek. On August 17, 2017, Meek joined some kids riding dirt bikes on the street in New York, and a video of him popping a wheelie was captured on his Instagram. The next day, the NYPD stopped him and arrested him for a felony charge of reckless endangerment.
Although all charges related to these incidents were ultimately dismissed, Judge Brinkley cited these arrests during Meek’s November 6, 2017, hearing for violation of probation. In addition to these arrests, she listed a failed drug test (supposedly for Percocet) and failure to comply with an order restricting his travel as additional reasons for the violation. She sentenced Meek to two to four years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. Notably, both the prosecutors and Meek’s probation officer were opposed to a sentence of incarceration, but the judge imposed one nonetheless. Meek’s legal team filed several motions to get him released on bail while they appealed the sentence, but Judge Brinkley denied the bail motion. She claimed that Meek “is and continues to be a danger to the community” and that he poses a significant flight risk, as the grounds for her denial of bail.

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That documentary is a must watch. Something is seriously wrong wit that judge. Like she was obsessed wit Meek, or had some personal vendetta against him.
I forgot there was a Doc, but im def gunna watch it now. Situations like this instead of making ig post in support of Meek, local people need to take their black asses out and make sure shes out of a job. I'm almost positive Meek cant be the only one shes ever done this to.