The Problem with Meek Mill’s Travel Ban

It looks like Judge Genece Brinkley is still harboring some tough feelings for rapper Meek Mill.

Banning the rapper from joining the 76ers in Toronto for the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Philadelphia judge who we thought was going to be removed from Meek’s case, still has the final authority over where the rapper can travel to.

In case you don’t remember, Brinkley sentenced Mill to two-to-four years in a state prison in 2017 after a failed drug test and noncompliance with a court-ordered travel restriction.

However, after being released on bail last April and flown by helicopter to the 76ers Game 5 (first-round series), it looks like Judge Brinkley is not okay with Meek sitting court side. However, 76er’s owner Michael Rubin had something to say about that. Venting to his timeline, Rubin let Philadelphia and the world know that everything was submitted to Brinkley by the book prior to the playoff game in Toronto. She used her discretion to deny Meek any possibility of traveling to Toronto to see his home team play.

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Judge Genece Brinkley – I know you have a vendetta against Meek Mill and are obsessed with trying to control every aspect of his life, but did you really NOT approve him to go to rep the sixers in Toronto for the game? As soon as the schedule came out, Meek asked probation for approval- they immediately approved! (FOR EVERYONE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND, MEEK MUST STILL GET THE JUDGES APPROVAL PERSONALLY EVERYTIME HE LEAVES PA SINCE HE’S STILL ON PROBATION 12 YEARS LATER FOR A CRIME HE DIDN’T COMMIT) We filed w/your court as soon as the schedule came out since you need to approve travel to Canada! Since you didn’t respond to numerous phone calls and emails we even sent a lawyer to the courthouse today!! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IF THIS HAPPENS TO MEEK, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS TO THE AVG PERSON(WHO CANT AFFORD GREAT LAWYERS ETC)ON PROBATION??

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There’s a chilling reality looming. Unfortunately, it sobers a lot of hopefuls looking to reverse the cultural impact that the criminal justice system has on black America.

When REFORM first hit our social media timelines there was a large shift in our mindset as a culture collective. Billionaires like Michael Rubin and Robert Kraft merged with an anchor in hip hop, Jay-Z and young artist Meek Mill. Pair that with a leader who has been doing the work through his truth telling, Van Jones, and you give us one of the most controversial and public initiatives of our time and we had a recipe for change.

Or so we thought, sparked by the parole violation and prison stay of rapper Meek Mill. The Reform Alliance’s intent is to reduce the number of people on probation and parole. However, the if the Reform Alliance cannot impact the sentencing of one of its own I am wondering how it will help the masses it speaks to in the mission. With Meek still facing a hearing for an additional 2 to 4 years of jail time it is a little unnerving that this Judge Brinkley is still apart of the equation. How can we REFORM a system that is rigged so blatantly?

Written by Chay Rodriguez