Citing a litigious past and public statements by her attorney, the legal team for rapper Meek Mill spent nearly an hour outlining why Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley should be disqualified from handling the embattled hip-hop star’s ongoing criminal appeal. But the supervising judge of Philadelphia’s criminal courts ultimately denied the request Wednesday afternoon, entering an order saying he does not have jurisdiction to reassign the case.
Judge Leon Tucker held a nearly hour-long hearing Wednesday morning into whether Brinkley can and should be transferred from Mill’s appeal. Brinkley, who has been handling Mill’s criminal case for nearly a decade, has come under fire over the past six months after she sentenced Mill to jail time on a parole violation that neither prosecutors, nor Mill’s parole officer, had requested.
Tucker had initially declined to rule from the bench on whether to transfer Brinkley and instead gave Mill’s team more time to make the case for transferring Brinkley, but by Wednesday afternoon the judge had entered an order denying Mill’s request.
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