Any hopes that Meek Mill had of getting out of jail before his original September 2 album release date are getting dim. On Sunday, The Inquirer in Philadelphia reported that the judge who sentenced the rapper to a three to six month sentence for a probation violation, denied Meek’s request for a hearing that could’ve gotten him out early.
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Meek on July 11, claiming that the MC failed to provide his probation officer with a working phone number, booked out-of-town concerts without court permission, and posed for a picture posted on Instagram holding a gun, amongst other infractions. Mill’s lawyers requested an emergency hearing over the weekend, but Brinkley said her court schedule was booked all the way into September.
“All I’m asking for is a hearing to learn why [his jailing] is constitutional and they won’t even give me that,” Meek’s lawyer Christopher Warren told the paper yesterday.
Warren plans to file a writ of mandamus, in an effort to get a higher court to compel Brinkley to hold an emergency hearing.
Meek’s Dreams Worth More Than Money is currently slated to drop on September 2 and as of now it is unclear how his legal situation will affect the album’s release. Mill’s Maybach Music Group CEO Rick Ross issued a statement to MTV News promising that he and Meek’s team will keep the release as “close to schedule as possible.”