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Report: FBI launches probe into judge of Meek Mill's case

William E. Ketchum III

 // Nov 14, 2017

Public protest over Meek Mill's two to four-year prison sentence for probation violation may be paying off, as reports say that the FBI has launched a probe into the judge over his case.

Page Six reports that the FBI is looking into claims by Meek Mill's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, that Judge Genece Brinkley has acted inappropriately with his case.

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Tacopina has said that Judge Genece Brinkley is "enamored" with his client, claiming that she showed up for his community service and that she tried to get Meek to leave Roc Nation and sign with entertainment mogul Charlie Mack, who Meek worked with earlier in his career. He also has said that Brinkley asked Meek to record a cover of a Boyz II Men song and give her a shoutout in his lyrics.

"The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand," a source told Page Six. "Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016. ... Mack had previously told Meek how he 'knows the judge and he could help him with his case.'"

For his part, Mack told Page Six that he doesn't know Brinkley, and that Meek is "an old friend of 30-plus years."

Entertainment mogul Charlie Mack and Meek Mill's uncle show support at a rally for Meek Mill outside of the courthouse in Philadelphia.

A representative for the FBI wouldn't confirm or deny an investigation.

Brinkley sentenced Meek Mill earlier this month to a prison sentence of two to four months for violation of his probation. Colin Kaepernick, JAY-Z, Rick Ross and other celebrities have claimed the sentence is unjust, using social media and, on Monday evening (Nov. 13), a rally outside of the courthouse in Philadelphia.

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