The FBI has launched an investigation into the judge who recently sentenced rapper Meek Mill to jail, according to The New York Post.
The Post on Monday reported that the public outcry over the severity of Mill’s sentence attracted the FBI’s attention to Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley.
“The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships,” a source told The Post of the FBI’s interest in Mill’s case.
“This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”
Brinkley earlier this month sentenced Mill – whose real name is Robert Williams – to two to four years in jail for a probation violation.
The sentence sparked controversy as both Mill’s probation officer and the district attorney had requested the musician receive no jail time.
Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina has publicly accused Brinkley of showing “enormous bias” against the rapper during his case.
Tacopina has also said Brinkley acted “inappropriately” by repeatedly pressing Mill to drop Roc Nation, his current management, for Philadelphia music figure Charlie Mack.
“Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with the case,’” the Post’s source said.
Brinkley is also said to have asked Mill – in her private chambers in front of rapper Nicki Minaj, his then-girlfriend – to record a song for the R&B group Boyz II Men.
The judge allegedly wanted a positive mention in the song’s lyrics, and Mack manages Boyz II Men.
“I’ve spent more time talking to you than I ever talked to the judge,” said Mack, who worked will Mill earlier in the latter’s career.
“There is no conspiracy, Meek is an old friend of 30-plus years,” Mack added of the “Young & Getting’ It” star.
Mill was sentenced to a minimum of two years in Pennsylvania state prison for violating his probation in a nearly decade-old drug and gun case.
The rapper currently remains in solitary confinement, and his sentence has drawn condemnation from other major musicians including Rick Ross and Jay-Z.