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Meek Mill’s lawyers seek judge’s removal


Published: Tue, December 5, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Meek Mill’s lawyers seek judge’s removal

PHILADELPHIA

Rapper Meek Mill’s lawyers renewed their call for a judge who sentenced him to step aside Monday, saying “there was an FBI investigation” into her conduct and his gun and drug case.

The imprisoned musician’s legal team wrote in a court filing that he and his representatives were aware of the investigation into Judge Genece Brinkley’s conduct since 2016. They argued that the existence of a probe raises questions about the judge’s ability to fairly preside over the case.

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency does not confirm or deny investigations. The judge had no comment.

Mill’s lawyers filed the motion days after the judge denied a request to free him in a court opinion in which she wrote he is “a danger to the community.”

The judge sentenced Mill last month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. The ruling came after a prosecutor and a probation officer recommended that Mill, who’s 30 years old, not be jailed.

Ex-Fox News producer: O’Reilly broke agreement

NEW YORK

An ex-producer has sued former Fox News Channel personality Bill O’Reilly, claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement related to a 2002 settlement reached over his purported mistreatment.

The woman, Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, said O’Reilly defamed her by falsely suggesting publicly that claims against him were motivated by politics and money. Bernstein had complained about abuse, nonsexual in nature, by O’Reilly when she worked at Fox.

She said Fox and O’Reilly misled the public by claiming that no one complained to a Fox hot line about his behavior. She said she talked repeatedly to bosses about O’Reilly’s actions, but there was no hot line in place at the time of the incidents. The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

O’Reilly’s lawyer, Fredric S. Newman, said his client has never mentioned Bernstein’s name in any context.“Today’s lawsuit has absolutely no merit, and Mr. O’Reilly will respond aggressively in court,” Newman said.

Associated Press


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