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Meek Mill denied bail again

Meek Mill denied bail again”

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday denied a motion allow the 30-year-old rapper to be bailed out of a Pennsylvania correctional facility.

The decision to imprison Mill has been criticized as heavy handed and has attracted attention through rallies, newspaper opinion pieces, billboards and buses in Philadelphia carrying the message "Stand With Meek Mill". Jay put on a show at the Wells Fargo Center, which featured the Brooklyn MC showing support for Meek Mill in his hometown.

Mill's defense team argues that Brinkley has been inappropriate in court, and asked her to recuse herself.

Last month, Brinkley sentenced Mill to a two- to four-year prison term for violating his probation for a 2008 drug and weapon possession conviction.

Meek Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - remains in a Chester prison and has filed a motion to appeal his case in Philadelphia.

According to Joe Tacopina, Mill's lawyer, the decision by the judge "continues her long pattern of unfair treatment" of his client and there are plans to appeal the decision.

Since the ruling, Mill has skyrocketed to national fame and become a symbol for critics of the criminal justice system, which they say unfairly targets African-Americans. In both arrests, authorities agreed to reduce the charges after Mill entered pretrial diversion programs. Mill was sentenced for violating probation on a decade-old gun and drug case.



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