By Damilola Faustino
A request by rapper, Meek Mill to the Philadelphia Supreme Court for the removal of Judge Genece Brinkley from his ongoing case has been rejected.
The supreme court judges were reportedly split 3-3 on whether to remove Judge Genece Brinkley from Meek Mill’s case. That means the controversial judge will still oversee Meek’s appeal hearing on June 18.
The order stated Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor and Justices Sallie Mundy and David Wecht voted to deny Meek’s petition, while Justices Max Baer, Debra Todd, and Christine Donohue wanted to grant the Philly rapper’s request. A seventh judge didn’t participate, leading to the split.
Earlier this month, Meek’s legal team — Joe Tacopina and Brian McMonagle — filed an emergency King’s Bench petition jurisdiction, a petition that includes the power to dismiss inferior courts’ rulings in extraordinary circumstances.
Meek’s attorneys believe Brinkley’s recent behavior, including hiring a private attorney to publicly speak on her behalf and threatening to file a defamation lawsuit against Meek, should disqualify her from overseeing Meek’s appeal. They want the case to be transferred to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President, Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.
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