Lawyers for the imprisoned rapper Meek Mill have launched a campaign to get his jail term overturned and to free him immediately, amid reports that the FBI is probing the judge who handed down the sentence.

Following reports via Page Six on Monday this week (November 13th) that the FBI has taken interest in Judge Genece Brinkley, after the judge made a series of highly unusual requests in the case, including that he drop his current management team, Roc Nation, and sign with Philadelphia-born manager Charlie Mack. Undercover agents have apparently been attending the court sessions in Mill’s case, suspecting links between Brinkley and Mack.

Now, the rapper’s legal team are launching a campaign for Brinkley to be recused from the case, in addition to a motion seeking his immediate release from prison and his probation to be terminated, according to Billboard.

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On Tuesday, the day after hundreds of Meek Mill fans marched in Philadelphia to demand his release, the motion filed by his lawyers claimed Brinkley “assumed a non-judicial, essentially prosecutorial role in the revocation process,” and had handed down a 2-4 year jail sentence even though prosecutors and the probation officer had not requested imprisonment.

They want another judge to consider his alleged violation of his now 10-year-old probation.

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The 30 year old rapper, real name Robert Williams, is currently in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill.

His attorney, Joe Tacopina, told Page Six that they are also appealing his sentence. “It’s the most thorough and quite frankly alarming recusal notice against a judge I’ve ever seen in my life. Throughout my career as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have never been as shocked by a judge’s conduct.”

Meek Mill was arrested in March on misdemeanour assault charges and again in August for reckless driving and reckless endangerment. His attorney argues that, since charges from both of those incidents were dropped, his client should be granted time served and therefore be released from prison.

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