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Judge Genece Brinkley.

Embattled Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley has hired attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. to help her fight criticism that has been mounting since she sentenced hip-hop star Meek Mill to a lengthy prison term for a probation violation.

Peruto, a Center City Philadelphia lawyer best known as a criminal defense attorney, said Thursday his representation of Brinkley will take more of an offensive posture, and could take the form of defamation lawsuits filed against the attorneys and entertainment company he said is behind a campaign to smear Brinkley and her handling of the criminal case against Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams.

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Max Mitchell

Max Mitchell is ALM's Pennsylvania Bureau Chief overseeing The Legal Intelligencer, Delaware Law Weekly and Delaware Business Court Insider. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI. His email is [email protected]

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