We recently reported on Meek Mill's racist encounter with the well-known Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel. The facility staff threatened to have Meek arrested for trespassing and denied his entry to the hotel because of an alleged previous altercation with a security guard. The claim itself was made on shady grounds and no proof was provided to support it. Since then, a slew of back and forth occurred wherein Meek announced he would sue the hotel for their racial profiling and their discriminative treatment of him. The hotel also first denied all claims, stating Meek Mill was rejected due to capacity and not racism. In the end, however, the Cosmopolitan Hotel opted for a public apology where they emphasized "zero tolerance for discrimination."
A new update offered by Hip Hop Wired indicates that Meek Mill accepted the apology. The confirmation came from Philly-bred artist's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, who affirmed that his client received and accepted the mea culpa. Moreover, as Meek had previously threatened to sue the hotel, the lawyer also added that he will no longer do so. Hence all is well and it is good to see Meek Mill is forgiving. Though, we are certain he will never forget.
Rick Ross Still Showing Love For Meek Mill During Legal Battle
Meek Mill's trial has been all over the place as late. Recent developments in his case showed that the sole witness, policeman Reginald Graham, was on a secret list "corrupt cops," leading Meek's legal team to file paperwork for a Post-Conviction Relief Act. The case has been relatively quiet as late as we await the relief appeal in April and, in the interim, Rick Ross is reminding us all not to forget about the efforts to free the Philadelphia rapper.
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Meek Mill is currently serving two to four years for violating his probation but because the recent updates regarding police corruption, an April appeal will determine Meek's future in prison. Rick Ross previously shared his thoughts on the case, publicly saying it was a perfect day to free Meek Milly after the Philadelphia Eagles brought home the Super Bowl, and he is not slowing down as he shared a photo Meek on his Instagram with a simple "#FreeMeekMill" caption.
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The two rappers have collaborated heavily in the past so it is no surprise to see messages encouragement from one side to the other. While the post is unlikely to bring the ongoing case any closer to a conclusion, the support is reassuring as the rap world still stands very much in unity with Meek. Every time Meek gets in trouble with the law, he ends up dropping some fire when he's out. We're sure Meek is writing some insanity behind bars in anticipation his release. Learn more about the ongoing trial in our interview with his lawyer, Joe Tacopina.
Unpacking The Case Of Meek Mill
Thanks to the city earning its first Super Bowl win in history, many in Philadelphia have reason to celebrate. The team and fans have used Meek Mill’s iconic “Death and Nightmares (Intro)” as an anthem throughout the journey, its scrappy defiance symbolizing the attitude the city. “Hold up wait a minute, y’all thought I was finished,” and similar lyrics could be heard anywhere from the locker room to the streets.
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Notably absent throughout the proceeding has been Meek Mill himself. In November last year the rapper stood before Judge Genece E. Brinkley, a woman who has overseen Meek’s probation for over a year, after parole violations that included a failed drug test and Meek’s noncompliance to a court order that severely limited his travel.
Not helping matters was two misdemeanor arrests Meek experienced in 2017. The first arrest involved an alleged altercation in the St. Louis airport after an airport employee asked for a photo and Meek refused. The second included reckless endangerment charges issued by the NYPD for popping wheelies on his dirt bike through upper Manhattan. NYPD ficials used a story posted on Meek’s Instagram account to identify him a day after the incident.
For these violations, Meek was given 2-4 years in prison by Judge Brinkley. The sentence shocked many as it directly opposed recommendations by the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer who did not want Meek imprisoned as he had been f drugs since January and mostly complied with his probation requirements. The ruling has raised many questions regarding the criminal justice system in Philadelphia. A top public defender noted that Meek’s case represented deep systemic problems with long probation cycles and courts focusing on technical rules instead a defendant’s actual progress.
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Recent developments involving Judge Brinkley and the alleged corruption involving Meek’s initial arresting ficer have warranted an appeal date set this April. But that is no surefire guarantee. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that seven times in the past four years has Judge Brinkley sent men to prison for violating parole. Meek’s case, with its long probation period and the resulting punishment, fits the formula Brinkley has followed. Those men have appealed each time and “every time, her decisions have been upheld by a higher court.”