Meek Mill supporters rally outside Philadelphia courthouse over rapper’s probation case


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Rapper Meek Mill (l.) and his defense lawyer Joe Tacopina (r.) leave Manhattan Criminal Court on August 18, 2017.

Supporters of the jailed rapper Meek Mill held a rally Monday night outside a Philadelphia courthouse — as his lawyers prepared to ask the sentencing judge to quit the case.

The performer, born Robert Williams, was sentenced to up to four years in state prison on Nov. 6 by Judge Genece Brinkley for violating his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case after two minor arrests in New York and St. Louis.

Protesters chanted “F— the judge” and sang Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina said he will file motions to ask Brinkley to recuse herself and reconsider what he says is a harsh sentence. Mill is confined to his cell 23 hours a day in state prison in Camp Hill, Pa.

“If recent history and (Brinkley’s) pattern are consistent, both motions are probably a waste of the paper they are printed on,” Tacopina said. “After that, we will go to higher courts.”

Mill, who had been on probation for almost a decade, was arrested in March after he got into a fight in a St. Louis airport.

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