Philadelphia Judge Leon Tucker, who supervises the city’s criminal courts, has detailed why he decided against barring fellow Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley from handling rapper Meek Mill’s high-profile case.
Tucker issued a six-page opinion outlining the reasoning behind his June 4 decision to keep Brinkley on the case, despite the fact that Mill’s legal team is contending that she is disqualified.
Along with saying that he would not be able to overrule Brinkley because the two “wear the same robe” as Philadelphia judges, Tucker also said assigning another judge would go against a recent state Supreme Court decision, which specifically declined to toss Brinkley from Mill’s case.
“Even if it were true that the supervising judge had more judicial power than other judges on the Court of Common Plea, the motion would still be denied because the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently denied petition’s request for immediate reassignment,” Tucker said. “Certainly, the supervising judge does not have authority to overrule the decision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.”
Read Tucker’s opinion here.