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Statement from Rev. Al Sharpton on Judge’s Denial of Meek Mill Bail Request

Following a recent visit with Meek Mill, Rev. Al Sharpton released the following statement in response to Judge Genece Brinkley’s decision to deny Meek Mill’s bail request on Monday:


“We at National Action Network continue to urge Judge Genece Brinkley to recuse herself. We need a judge that has no interest or reported bias in the case to review this. It is the feeling expressed by many, and this concerns us, that this judge has been overly punitive in her decisions against Meek Mill. In the interests of justice, it would serve the community and all concerned to have an objective review of Meek Mill’s bail request while they argue out the decision of whether or not he should be doing 2-4 years for popping a wheelie. It is clear to us that the infraction does not merit the punishment as is the case with thousands of others.


“Let us not forget that both the prosecutor and the probation officer have said that they did not see any reason for Meek Mill to be incarcerated. For Judge Brinkley to say now that he is a “danger to the community” only further advances some kind of personal bias. It is unthinkable that a judge would not hear the prosecutor and the probation officer in this case. It is suspect to raise the ante by calling him a danger to the community when Judge Brinkley is the only person to have raised such a concern.”

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