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July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAPPER MEEK MILL appears to be launching an aggressive legal battle to get out of jail, where he's been since Friday for violating probation. Yesterday, the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, hired two prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys - Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren. Cogan's clients have included disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, while Warren recently represented former Philly mob consigliere George Borgesi. This morning, the rapper's new legal team is expected to file a motion requesting an emergency hearing to argue that he did not violate the terms of his probation and should not have been sentenced to three to six months in jail.
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July 21, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill suffered a setback in his quest to get out of jail after a judge rejected his lawyers' request for an emergency hearing yesterday. He has been jailed since July 11 for violating terms of his probation stemming from a 2009 drug and gun conviction. His lawyers filed a petition Thursday asking for the hearing within three days, in hopes of freeing the 27-year-old rapper - whose real name is Robert Williams. But Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley - who sentenced Mill to three to six months behind bars - said her court schedule would not allow her to hold such a hearing until September.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his record label calling the financial impact of his imprisonment "devastating," Meek Mill's lawyers on Thursday petitioned a city judge to release the Philadelphia-born rapper jailed last Friday for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun case. The petition for a writ of habeas corpus was filed in Common Pleas Court and contends Mill's alleged violations were not significant enough for Judge Genece E. Brinkley to return him to prison for three to six months. The petition also maintains that Brinkley failed to follow procedure by not first conducting a hearing advising Mill of the alleged violations, and a second hearing where the rapper and his lawyer could present a defense.
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July 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, apparently having forgotten the manners he learned in court-ordered etiquette classes last year, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to three to six months in jail followed by five years of probation. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley yesterday found the lanky rapper in technical violation of his probation rules after a four-hour hearing, during which a laundry list of his bad behavior was aired. The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was busted for failing to get the judge's permission before booking out-of-town concerts - that included a show in Washington, D.C., scheduled for last night.
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July 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rapper Meek Mill called next Saturday's concert at Temple University's Liacouras Center his "Homecoming Tour," a return to Philadelphia to "play in front of his hometown at the height of his career. " That concert and other bookings abruptly fell through Friday when a Philadelphia judge sentenced the rising music star to three to six months in prison for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley seemed by turns infuriated and saddened during the four-hour hearing.
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July 20, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Christie Brinkley-Peter Cook meltdown just keeps getting more creepily prurient. Now another woman, 29-year-old singer Samantha Cole, has come forward to claim that Cook, 47, seduced her when she was 19. Speaking to the New York Post, Cole said Cook proposed marriage to her in '96 - just one month before he and Brinkley got engaged. Like Diana Bianchi, the 19-year-old would-be singer who this week said she had a recent affair with Cook, Cole is a Southampton, N.Y., native and aspiring singer.
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March 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill says he would like nothing more than to be on the road touring all the time. "My best thing is to stay traveling," the 25-year-old North Philadelphia street rapper said Friday. "Every time I come back to Philadelphia, someone tries to shoot me or get me back in trouble. " But ties to the past are hard to cut - especially the one with your probation officer. So the troubled relationship between Meek Mill, né Robert Williams, and Philadelphia probation officer Treas Underwood was the subject of another long, contentious hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
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July 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.
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December 18, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE UP-AND-COMING North Philadelphia rapper known as Meek Mill and his entourage got a rap session Monday from a judge who refused to allow him to travel outside the city over the next 30 days for paying gigs. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley means that Mill - who was born Robert Williams - will miss a concert in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He previously had to cancel a tour of Africa, costing him $215,000, defense attorney Gary Silver said during a nearly two-hour motion hearing at the city's Criminal Justice Center.
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December 23, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley this week ordered Traci Ann Turoski, a court reporter, to sit in a basement holding cell at the Criminal Justice Center and type transcripts she owed Brinkley and another judge. What did Turoski, 41, of Ridley Park, do to deserve that? For months, court records show, she repeatedly failed to deliver transcripts the judge requested. The first request was made in April. In July, Brinkley ordered Turoski to produce the transcripts.
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July 21, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill suffered a setback in his quest to get out of jail after a judge rejected his lawyers' request for an emergency hearing yesterday. He has been jailed since July 11 for violating terms of his probation stemming from a 2009 drug and gun conviction. His lawyers filed a petition Thursday asking for the hearing within three days, in hopes of freeing the 27-year-old rapper - whose real name is Robert Williams. But Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley - who sentenced Mill to three to six months behind bars - said her court schedule would not allow her to hold such a hearing until September.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his record label calling the financial impact of his imprisonment "devastating," Meek Mill's lawyers on Thursday petitioned a city judge to release the Philadelphia-born rapper jailed last Friday for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun case. The petition for a writ of habeas corpus was filed in Common Pleas Court and contends Mill's alleged violations were not significant enough for Judge Genece E. Brinkley to return him to prison for three to six months. The petition also maintains that Brinkley failed to follow procedure by not first conducting a hearing advising Mill of the alleged violations, and a second hearing where the rapper and his lawyer could present a defense.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAPPER MEEK MILL appears to be launching an aggressive legal battle to get out of jail, where he's been since Friday for violating probation. Yesterday, the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, hired two prominent Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys - Dennis Cogan and Christopher Warren. Cogan's clients have included disgraced former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, while Warren recently represented former Philly mob consigliere George Borgesi. This morning, the rapper's new legal team is expected to file a motion requesting an emergency hearing to argue that he did not violate the terms of his probation and should not have been sentenced to three to six months in jail.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, apparently having forgotten the manners he learned in court-ordered etiquette classes last year, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to three to six months in jail followed by five years of probation. Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley yesterday found the lanky rapper in technical violation of his probation rules after a four-hour hearing, during which a laundry list of his bad behavior was aired. The rapper, whose birth name is Robert Williams, was busted for failing to get the judge's permission before booking out-of-town concerts - that included a show in Washington, D.C., scheduled for last night.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rapper Meek Mill called next Saturday's concert at Temple University's Liacouras Center his "Homecoming Tour," a return to Philadelphia to "play in front of his hometown at the height of his career. " That concert and other bookings abruptly fell through Friday when a Philadelphia judge sentenced the rising music star to three to six months in prison for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley seemed by turns infuriated and saddened during the four-hour hearing.
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October 10, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cory Harley had no real explanation Tuesday for why he slashed the face of a 23-year-old woman he admitted robbing last year. "I was trashed, yeah," Harley, 31, told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, describing a November night spent drinking a variety of mixed drinks whose names he could no longer remember. Brinkley asked whether Harley wanted to apologize to the victim and her family. Harley shook his head and muttered, "No. " "Absolutely no remorse," said Brinkley as she wrote on a court document.
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October 10, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CORY HARLEY skipped work at a pizza place Nov. 10, got "smashed" at a bar, and while wandering in South Philly early the next day, walked up behind an unsuspecting woman, slashed her face and stole her purse. Harley, 31, admitted all that in a soft voice yesterday while pleading guilty to the 4 a.m. attack Nov. 11 that left a 6-inch scar across Ashley Hackett's jaw. Harley, however, declined to apologize to Hackett, 24, or to the dozen relatives and friends who were in court to support her. That didn't sit well with Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced Harley to 15 to 30 years in state prison for attempted murder and robbery, under the terms of a negotiated guilty plea.
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July 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.
NEWS
March 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill says he would like nothing more than to be on the road touring all the time. "My best thing is to stay traveling," the 25-year-old North Philadelphia street rapper said Friday. "Every time I come back to Philadelphia, someone tries to shoot me or get me back in trouble. " But ties to the past are hard to cut - especially the one with your probation officer. So the troubled relationship between Meek Mill, né Robert Williams, and Philadelphia probation officer Treas Underwood was the subject of another long, contentious hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley.
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE UP-AND-COMING North Philadelphia rapper known as Meek Mill and his entourage got a rap session Monday from a judge who refused to allow him to travel outside the city over the next 30 days for paying gigs. The ruling by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley means that Mill - who was born Robert Williams - will miss a concert in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He previously had to cancel a tour of Africa, costing him $215,000, defense attorney Gary Silver said during a nearly two-hour motion hearing at the city's Criminal Justice Center.
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