Meek Mill’s Lawyer: Judge Sentenced the Rapper Because He Wouldn’t Cover Boyz II Men for Her

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Can we go back to the days our love was strong? Or can we at least go back to one day last year when Meek Mill and his judge had a private meeting in her chambers? Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” might be the reason for Meek’s prison sentence, according to one of his lawyers. Joe Tacopina told TMZ Monday that Judge Genece Brinkley has a personal vendetta against his client, because he wouldn’t cover the song for her. Tacopina claims that during a meeting in Brinkley’s chambers, the judge suggested that Meek remake “On Bended Knee” and include a shout-out to her. Naturally, Meek Mill thought she was kidding, and laughed — he’s no Wanya Morris! Then, according to what Tacopina told TMZ, Brinkley said, “Okay, suit yourself,” when Meek declined. Imagine it: that “Okay, suit yourself” is what sealed Meek’s two-to-four-year prison sentence, if his attorney is to be believed. Meek’s legal team — Tacopina and Brian McMonagle — have said they plan to appeal the ruling. Maybe it’d be good to have a cover of “One Sweet Day” handy, just in case?

In addition to that whole Boyz II Men thing, Tacopina says Brinkley is “infatuated” with his client. “Maybe she felt scorned that he didn’t add her in a song that she may have requested for. I don’t know,” Tacopina told Billboard. “Why did she show up at a community service [event that he attended]? What judge has ever showed up at a community service to watch whether somebody is doing something, community service or not.” Tacopina claims Brinkley even asked that Mill leave his Roc Nation manager to work with one of her friends. “That lacks appropriateness of a judge,” Tacopina said. “You can’t do that as a judge, but she did it.”

Meek Mill’s Lawyer Says Judge Had Weird Boyz II Men Bias