It appears Meek Mill’s request to remove the judge presiding over his case will have to be decided by Philadelphia’s Supreme Court after a lower court judge ruled against the motion on Wednesday.
According to Billboard, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker denied the request filed by Meek’s legal team. For now, Judge Genece E. Brinkley will remain on Meek’s case. Meek’s team claimed that Brinkley has treated the rapper unjustly, citing her refusal to grant Meek a new trial despite the support of the District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
However, Judge Tucker did tell Meek’s team that his decision came from the fact he doesn’t have jurisdiction to make such a decision.”We have a judge that wears the same robe that I wear, that has not recused herself and has not disqualified herself,” Tucker said. “I don’t have the jurisdiction to do that. It’s as simple as that.”
Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, says he will file the motion with the state’s Supreme Court. Judge Tucker thoughtfully considered our application to reassign this case,” Tacopina said. “While he ultimately ruled that he did not believe he had the authority to do so, we respectfully disagree and will immediately ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reassign the case.”
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