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11-19-2012, 06:44 AM
Rapper Meek Mill Heads To Court Today
Posted: Nov 19, 2012 5:17 AM EST
Updated: Nov 19, 2012 5:25 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA - Philly rapper Meek Mill will be back in court on Monday. Prosecutors tell us he has a status hearing on his prior gun and drug charges.
We are also told the judge is not happy with the rapper who, earlier this month, told the judge he missed a court appearance because he was trapped in New York after Hurricane Sandy.
But, that same day, Meek Mill was pulled over in Philadelphia, detained in a jail cell, and tweeted a picture about the incident.
12-14-2012, 08:35 AM
Meek Mill Wants Easier Travel
Philly rapper who is on probation looks for looser travel restrictions ahead of tour
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 | Updated 3:50 PM
North Philadelphia crapper Meek Mill wants a judge to loosen his travel restrictions for a 2008 drug and gun conviction so he can tour more easily.
Attorneys for the 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, filed a request Wednesday asking a city judge to lift any ban on his travel for concerts and other appearances.
Defense attorney Dennis Cogan says the travel restrictions limit his client's earning power for no reason, since his itinerary is strictly controlled.
Assistant District Attorney Noel DeSantis tells The Philadelphia Inquirer she'll oppose the request.
DeSantis says Meek Mill has already gotten a break serving eight months of an 11- to 23-month term after being found guilty of assault, gun possession and drug charges.
A criminal record search for the Maybach Music Group rapper shows various charges including pleading guilty to careless driving in October.
Mill is scheduled to make tour stops in Africa :p later this month but as of Thursday, his website listed no dates.
12-18-2012, 09:24 AM
Judge Bans Meek Mill From Touring for a Month
cRapper must remain home in Philly for a month after violating his probation
By Dan Stamm | Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 | Updated 12:38 AM
cRapper Meek Mill won’t be able to leave the area for at least a month and must perform community service, a Philadelphia judge decided Monday.
Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, can’t travel anywhere until Jan. 16, outside of an upcoming Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
“I got nothing to hide, I’m working,” Meek Mill told NBC10 last week.
He was supposed to appear on Conan in Los Angeles this week before wrapping up his year touring in Africa. That won’t happen now.
"You need to get yourself together," Common Court Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during Monday's 2-1/2 hour probation hearing, according to Philly.com.
The rapper got in trouble for violating his probation and reportedly ignoring an earlier ruling to stop scheduling upcoming performances. His troubles began when he served time for 2008 weapons and drug charges.
Meek Mill told NBC10’s Lu Ann Cahn that he was pulled over for having tinted windows while he was in Philly in late October -- he had told his probation officer he was going to be in New York before heading to Atlanta, but he came to Philly first after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York City.
The 25-year-old North Philly native told Cahn that he hoped all travel bans would be lifted.
“I’m out here doing good. Until I start doing something bad that’s when I think it should be a problem.”
For now, Meek Mill’s career is grounded right when it is beginning to go global. His first full-length album Dreams and Nightmares (released Oct. 30) recently debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums charts, his Facebook page is liked by nearly 1.4 million people and his collaborations with Drake, Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group has Meek Mill in demand.
Mill told NBC10 that he needs to make money touring so he can supports his child, his family and an entourage of dozens. For now record sales, which have declined steeply since his debut (this week his album sales dropped to 89th), will be the main source of his income.
Meek Mill might be making a record store appearence in the city Tuesday but details remained unclear.
07-01-2013, 11:57 AM
Judge Orders Philly Rapper Meek Mill to Take Etiquette Classes
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 | Updated 2:55 PM EDT
A judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and notify his probation officer before he takes any trips outside of the commonwealth.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday told the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.
Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams' statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans.
Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice.
"I have my own record label with seven artists. ... I do radio. I do interviews,'' he said.
The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were "more important than any concerts he might have.''
Brinkley in December barred the rapper from touring for a month after finding that he violated probation restrictions. Williams' attorney argued at the time that the restrictions were preventing his client from earning a living, and said Williams didn't need to check in with his probation officer because his fans frequently take pictures of him when he's touring.
Williams' "Dreams & Nightmares'' album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 in October and he appeared in Jay-Z's Made In America festival last year.
04-15-2014, 08:45 AM
Meek Mill Sues Philadelphia, Police
By Queen Muse | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 | Updated 8:39 PM EDT
Hip-hop artist :rolleyes: Meek Mill says the Philadelphia police officers who arrested him in 2012 cost him a lot of money.
He's now suing the city and the two officers to try and get it all back.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, was pulled over by two Philadelphia police officers on October 31, 2012. According to the complaint, Mill was handcuffed and taken to the 22nd Police District where he was held in a jail cell for nine hours.
The suit also claims that the arresting officers, Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas, took pictures of Mill while he was in custody and shared them on social media.
Mill is being represented by Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys Dennis J. Cogan and Associates.
Cogan said Mill was just trying to get he and two of his friends -- a Vice President of Warner Brothers Records, and an off-duty Ft. Lauderdale, Florida police officer who were also in the car -- to a chartered plane after Hurricane Sandy left them stranded in the Northeast.
"He drove into Philly to charter a private plane out. The cops stopped him for a so-called :rolleyes: traffic violation, and instead of just giving him a ticket, they start asking him questions," Cogan said.
According to Cogan, the stop lasted nearly 40 minutes and eventually drew a crowd of people who were fans of Mill. Cogan said Mill and his friends were arrested when he refused to allow the police officers to search the car.
The officers, Cogan said, claimed to have stopped Mill because they smelled marijuana in the car, but no marijuana was found in the vehicle.
The complaint cites the city's 'Stop and Frisk' practices as a direct cause for the stop and subsequent arrest of Mill, and accuses the Philadelphia Police Department of "failing to properly train, supervise and discipline" its officers, among other claims.
One of the officers named in the suit, Boyer, was reportedly fired by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey in 2013, following accusations of alleged questionable arrest reports, and drug and cash seizures.
Cogan said Boyer's troubled reputation only adds to the strength of his client's case.
Mill also has a troubled reputation.
Criminal court records indicate that the Maybach Music Group rapper was found guilty of careless driving and for failing to renew his vehicle's registration in the 2012 Halloween arrest. Court records also show the rapper has been arrested before, including a string of charges in 2007 that led to a drug and gun conviction in 2008.
Following the 2008 conviction, Mill served eight months of an 11- to 23-month term sentence and was placed on probation for two years.
"He's done really well since then. He's gotten himself together. He's a really nice kid," Cogan said.
He last butted heads with city officials in December of 2012 when he tried to fight a travel ban that was issued by a Philadelphia judge after a probation violation. A city judge issued an order that forbade Mill from traveling outside of Philadelphia for a month, causing him to miss a scheduled appearance on Conan in Los Angeles, and a tour stop in Africa.
According to TMZ, Mill says the 2012 arrest is unlawful and cost him $22,000 that he'd spent on a private jet that was supposed to take him to a scheduled party appearance in Atlanta, Ga.
Missing that appearance, he says, cost him another $39,000.
In addition, Mill claims negative publicity from the arrest reduced a deal he was negotiating with athletic apparel company Puma from $2 million to $650,000.
"He knows a lot of inner city people who got caught up in the life that--thanks to music--he was able to avoid. So, he is fortunate and he wants to be accepted by, not only the people who listen to his music but in the corporate office as well," Cogan said.
Mill is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an award of attorney fees and costs for civil rights violations, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and civil conspiracy.
04-29-2014, 07:48 AM
Philly rapper Meek Mill: Race led to police stop
Posted: Apr 29, 2014 10:02 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 10:10 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia cRapper Meek Mill says a traffic stop that caused him to miss his album launch party appeared to be racially motivated.
The 26-year-old Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, testified Monday in his civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia police.
The Philadelphia Daily News (http://goo.gl/Oo4EzC ) reports that Mill says he and his companions were detained on Halloween night 2012 for about 10 hours.
Mill says that police claimed to smell marijuana, but no drugs were found and no charges filed. He believes they were detained because they were all black men. :rolleyes:
A lawyer for the city told jurors Monday that they were stopped because of the darkly-tinted windows on their Range Rover.
Mill says he missed a flight to Atlanta to celebrate his debut album, "Dreams & Nightmares."
05-02-2014, 07:51 AM
cRapper Loses Suit Against Philly Cops
Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Updated 6:34 PM EDT
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill lost his civil-rights case against city police Thursday over a 10-hour traffic stop that he called racially motivated.
Mill, who trying to catch a flight to Atlanta to launch his debut album, was instead handcuffed and detained on Halloween night 2012 with his entourage: an Atlantic Records executive, an off-duty police officer and his cousin.
"They ain't from where I'm from :rolleyes:," Mill said softly of the jury after they reached their decision. "I (don't) really expect them to understand what I go through." :rolleyes:
Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, grew up in gritty North Philadelphia, where the stop occurred.
"I respect their decision, though," he said.
Mill, 26, was on probation at the time from a 2008 drug and gun case. The debut album released that day, ``Dreams & Nightmares,'' would climb to No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart, according to trial memos.
A lead officer on the stop, Andre Boyer, was under investigation and later fired for lying to Internal Affairs about another traffic stop. Boyer had racked up more civilian complaints than any other city officer, Mill's lawsuit said.
Police said they stopped the vehicle over its darkly tinted windows and smelled raw marijuana, but no drugs were found and no charges filed.
"I just feel like he did me wrong," Mill said of Boyer.
Defense lawyer Dennis Cogan called the claimed smell "a pretext" frequently used by rogue police to search a vehicle.
The mostly white jury, in an unusual note read aloud after the verdict, said both sides share blame over the encounter.
"Although we voted unanimously that Mr. Williams' Fourth Amendment rights were not violated, we feel strongly both the plaintiff and defendant were in the wrong and made mistakes," jurors wrote in a note read aloud after the verdict.
Lawyers for the city said Boyer was not the only officer involved in the stop.
"Any reasonable officer faced with those circumstances would have conducted an investigation,'' Amanda Shoffel, a deputy city solicitor, said in closing arguments earlier in the afternoon.
Mill was seeking about $400,000 in lost income, and additional damages for emotional distress.
He had refused to let police search the vehicle, but they obtained a search warrant as the group waited in custody at the police station. One officer involved in the stop testified that he drove the Range Rover to another location even before police got a search warrant.
Mill worried that police would plant drugs in the vehicle during the search, Cogan said.
"In neighborhoods like where I come from, four black males in a car ... we're always being asked to be searched," Mill testified Monday. "All I was doing that night was going to work and doing what I had to do."
Mill had sued both the city and several individual officers, accusing them of false imprisonment and conspiracy. The jury, without elaborating, said the defendant officers, Boyer and Officer Alvin Outlaw, had not violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
07-12-2014, 06:00 AM
Meek Mill To Spend 3 To 6 Months In County Jail
Posted: Jul 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 11, 2014 7:45 PM EDT
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is behind bars Friday night.
Mill, seen in video at the scene of last weekend's deadly fire in Southwest Philadelphia, will spend three to six months behind bars after violating his probation.
He's in custody right now.
Prosecutors say they were concerned about a number of recent incidents with Mill, including posting a photo of himself with a gun.
08-19-2014, 10:37 AM
Meek Mill Denied Early Parole
Monday, Aug 18, 2014 • Updated at 4:56 PM EDT
Philadelphia cRapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved.
She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for what prosecutors called a parole office "tantrum" over travel restrictions, and a Twitter rant aimed at a parole officer and prosecutor. She also ordered Mill to take a parenting class.
Mill, born Robert Williams, has been on probation for about five years following a 2009 drug and gun case conviction, for which he served about a year of house arrest. He has since emerged as a gifted rapper who has been tapped to perform with Jay-Z.
But his career has been interrupted the past two years by what he considers an increasingly fraught relationship with a new parole officer.
"We never clicked 100 percent," Mill said Monday, his voice sounding ready to crack.
He has not committed any new crimes while on probation, but was flagged this year after failing a drug test and appearing to use a gun in a music video. Defense lawyer Dennis Cogan said Mill had a prescription for the OxyContin after spraining his ankle, and said the video prop was a water pistol.
He also said his client's tweets, however unwise, were protected by the First Amendment.
"You never said, 'As a condition of probation, you can't speak outside the courtroom about the district attorney or the probation officer,'"' Cogan argued to the judge.
He has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene and grant bail.
A prison official, a music promoter and a professor of race relations spoke on Mills' behalf Monday, and spoke of the difficulty of growing up fatherless - Mill's father was killed when he was young - and staying out of the crosshairs of the parole system.
"It's not set up for a man to win in society -- a black man," said local music promoter and mentor Charles Alstin, known as Charlie Mack.
Mill, lean, lanky and baby-faced, has been kept in protective custody at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, but complained Tuesday that his neighbors on the high-security block are rapists and murders. He also questioned whether he would be able to take the required anger management class there.
Brinkley said she had called the warden last week about the plan. She agreed to rescind her protective custody order, but warned Cogan "if something happens... it's going to be on you."
Mill released his debut album, ``Dreams & Nightmares,'' in late 2012.
The album's launch party was delayed when Mill and three others -- including an Atlantic Records executive and a police officer friend -- were stopped in a Range Rover and detained by Philadelphia police for several hours. No drugs were found and no charges filed.
Meek sued the city over the arrest, but a mostly-white federal jury in Philadelphia this spring rejected the civil rights lawsuit.
The earliest Mill will be released is October 11.
12-02-2014, 07:40 PM
Philly Rapper Meek Mill Leaving Jail After 5 Months On Violation
December 2, 2014 12:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rapper known as Meek Mill is being released from a Philadelphia jail after serving five months for violating parole in a 2009 drug case.
City prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hayes says Mill will be released Tuesday.
Mill has tangled with a probation officer and Judge Genese Brinkley over his tour-related travel and other issues.
Brinkley has ordered him to take etiquette classes and sent him to jail in July over an outburst at his parole office. She has now released him from the three-to-six month sentence.
Meek’s lawyers insist he has built a successful rap career since his drug and gun case and has not been arrested again.
The judge revoked parole just before Mill finished five years of probation. She has ordered the five-year clock to start again.
12-10-2015, 02:15 PM
Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj In Philly Court In Fight Over His Parole
December 10, 2015 3:02 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meek Mill is in court in Philadelphia for his latest parole violation hearing, and Nicki Minaj is waiting to testify on behalf of her boyfriend. :rolleyes:
Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Mills violated terms set by a judge overseeing the rapper’s 2009 drug and gun case.
The judge has kept a tight rein on the Philadelphia performer’s travels and activities over the years.
She has ordered him to take anger manager and etiquette classes and occasionally sent him back to jail for various infractions. She has also extended terms of his supervised release.
Minaj and Mill attended the American Music Awards together last month in Los Angeles.
12-11-2015, 05:49 AM
Nicki Minaj Says She’ll Help Meek Mill Follow Parole Rules
December 11, 2015 6:01 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nicki Minaj promised to keep boyfriend Meek Mill on the straight and narrow as a judge threatened jail over his latest parole infractions.
Minaj testified Thursday in Philadelphia, after a defense lawyer said the couple was seriously discussing marriage. The 33-year-old Minaj disclosed only that they were living together, but conceded she might have more influence over the rapper than his parole officer.
“She’s not going to be the one sleeping alone if he goes to jail. I am,” Minaj told the judge. “He’s not perfect, but I can’t believe how much he’s changed.”
Prosecutors said the 28-year-old Mill violated parole in a 2009 drug and gun case by repeatedly changing his court-approved travel schedule and ducking a drug test.
Minaj, who just received three more Grammy nominations, said she would help him stay organized and fulfill his community service requirement.
But Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley threatened to send Mill to jail when the hearing resumes Dec. 17, as she did for a few months last year. She said the rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, submitted a suspicious urine sample.
Mill is expected to testify when the hearing resumes.
Defense lawyer Frank DeSimone called the music business chaotic and said Mill is not trying to disrespect the judge.
“He doesn’t have a lot of structure. He can be irresponsible,” said Minaj, who was sworn in under her birth name, Onika Maraj. “Since I’ve come in his life, I think I’ve been working on that a little bit. … He’s just getting accustomed to being an adult.”
On that, Judge Genece Brinkley seemed to agree.
She has alternately scolded, wrangled and jailed Mill while ordering him to undergo etiquette, anger management and parenting classes. She has also extended his probation for years. But she feared her tactics aren’t working.
“He is thumbing his nose at me,” Brinkley warned as the hearing ended, “and I haven’t been convinced otherwise.”
“He told me last evening how he respects you,” DeSimone said. “He wouldn’t be who he is if you sent him to the state penitentiary in 2009. He wouldn’t be Meek Mill.”
Last year, a federal jury rejected a lawsuit he filed against Philadelphia police over what he called a racially-motivated, 10-hour traffic stop that led him to miss the launch party for his 2012 debut album, “Dreams & Nightmares.” He has since issued a follow-up album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” while touring and performing with Minaj, Jay Z and others.
12-17-2015, 03:34 PM
Judge Finds Rapper Meek Mill Guilty Of Probation Violations
December 17, 2015 5:50 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meek Mill faces a potential prison sentence early next year after a judge in Philadelphia found the rapper guilty of probation violations.
The judge said Thursday she’s not sure she’ll keep Mill on probation after he repeatedly ignored travel and other rules she set for him in recent years.
The 28-year-old rapper, born Robert Williams, cannot work or perform before the Feb. 5 hearing except for community service.
Mill testified that he knows his “whole life is on the line” and tried to follow the rules.
Mill says he has dropped old friends from his entourage to spend time with his family and girlfriend Nicki Minaj. She was in court with him.
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sent Mill back to jail for five months last year for similar violations.
02-05-2016, 06:51 AM
Meek Mill Facing Jail Term Over Parole Violations
February 5, 2016 7:32 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia cRapper Meek Mill could be heading back to jail for parole violations that he blames on his erratic concert schedule but prosecutors link to his romance with girlfriend Nicki Minaj.
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley has kept tight reins on the 28-year-old after giving him a break in a 2009 drug and gun case. She has sent him back to jail at least once and this time threatened a two-year prison term.
Prosecutors say the violations include Mill’s unapproved travels to New York for a benefit concert and his efforts to join Minaj in various cities.
Minaj has instead joined him courtside at Philadelphia 76ers games and on other local outings since Brinkley confined Mill to the Philadelphia region until Friday’s sentencing.
Mill has alternately complained about probation and credited the judge with helping him succeed.
02-05-2016, 05:07 PM
Meek Mill Sentenced For Parole Violation
February 5, 2016 2:00 PM By Kristen Johanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Rap star and Philadelphia native Meek Mill was sentenced Friday for violating his probation for a fourth time since a 2009 conviction.
Judge Genece Brinkley gave rap star Meek Mill whose real name is Robert Williams 90 days house arrest, starting March 1st, for violating probation on 2009 drug and gun charges. Williams’ defense attorney brought several character witnesses to testify about changing his life path for the better. Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis has been with the case from the beginning.
“I think it is a very fair decision, and I hope the defendant takes the excellent opportunity that the judge has given him, and proves her correct in her vision of his career.”
Williams’ superstar girlfriend, Nicki Minaj was in the courtroom during sentencing, and Judge Brinkley asked her if she would be there to help him continue on the right path, to which Minaj smiled and nodded. During his sentence, Williams will only be allowed to leave the house for community service approved by the judge.
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