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Supreme Court Declines Meek Mill's Request To Remove Judge From Case

While he's enjoying his freedom, the Philadelphia native is still fighting to clear his name in this case.

Earlier this year, Meek Mill was released on bail from prison after being sentenced to two to four years for a probation violation. While he's enjoying his freedom, the Philadelphia native is still fighting to clear his name in this case.

The judge that handed down his sentence, Judge Genece Brinkley, has been a mainstay in the rapper's legal life since 2008. Given claims of judicial misconduct, Mill's legal team continues to present instances on why Brinkley should be removed from their client's case, but the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise.

According to Rolling Stone, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court finalized that Brinkley will remain on Mill's case, a decision that split the ruling board down the middle. Joe Tacopina, Mill's attorney, said this decision will not deter their mission.

"We remain hopeful that the overwhelming amount of evidence in this case - and the Philadelphia District Attorney's backing - will prompt Judge Brinkley to grant Meek a new trial, failing which we will promptly pursue all appellate remedies available to right this terrible injustice," Tacopina said.

Since his release, Mill, 31, returned to performing on main stages across the country, most recently being one of Summer Jam's headliners. In addition to reviving his tunes for the masses, Mill wants to breathe life into a new chapter in his career: working to reform the criminal justice system.

"I have a lot of important people depending on me, I'm not just talking about those public officials," he said to NBC News' Lester Holt. "I'm talking about the men going through the exact same thing I'm going through."

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Kanye West Marks ‘Watch The Throne’ Anniversary, Says He Misses Jay-Z

Kanye West took a trip down memory lane that made him miss his friend, Jay-Z. On Monday (Aug. 10), West marked the ninth anniversary of Watch the Throne Yeezy by tweeting a screenshot of a performance of him and Jay from the 2011 MTV VMAs with the caption, “Miss my bro...real talk.”

Hov and ‘Ye haven’t been as close in recent years, namely after West’s onstage rant against the Brooklyn native during his St. Pablo Tour in 2016. West ended up cutting the tour short, and was hospitalized for a reported mental breakdown. In the years since, Jay and West have basically been estranged. They posed for a photo at Diddy’s 50th birthday party last December, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be fully rekindling the brotherhood any time soon.

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Watch the Throne, which dropped on Aug. 11, 2011, was the first and last collaborative album from Jay and West. The Roc Nation mogul spoke on the tension in a 2017 Rap Radar interview clarifying that his “Kill Jay Z” lyrics weren’t about West, even though he was named on the song. The father of three explained that the friendship fell apart because West crossed the line when he brought up Hov’s family in a public forum.

“What really hurt me was, you cant bring my kids and my wife into it,” Jay shared. “Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me 100 times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem.

“He knows that he crossed the line,” continued Jay. “I know him. He knows. I know he knows, because we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements, and we’ve had many, because that’s who we are. That’s what I like about him. He’s an honest person, he’s open and he’ll say things and he’s wrong a lot of times and he’ll confront it.”

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Viola Davis Buys South Carolina Home She Was Born In For Her Birthday

Viola Davis came full circle in celebration of her 55th birthday on Tuesday (Aug. 11). The How to Get Away with Murder star purchased her childhood home and the surrounding land, she excitedly announced on social media.

“The above is the house where I was born on August 11, 1965. It the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life..I own it…all of it,” Davis revealed.

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The Oscar-winning actress found her footing in the theater and earned a scholarship to Rhode Island College, before attending the Juilliard School in New York City. She made her silver screen debut in the 1996 film, The Substance of Fire. Davis earned a Tony Award in 2001 for her performance in Broadway's King Hedley II, and booked small roles in films like Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven, and Traffic. Davis landed her first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her riveting performance in 2008's Doubt.

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Amber Guyger Appeals Murder Conviction In Botham Jean Case

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has appealed her murder conviction this week in an effort to receive a shorter sentence, the Star-Telegram reported on Friday (Aug. 7). Guyger is currently serving a 10-year-sentence for fatally shooting Botham Jean inside his apartment in 2018.

Attorneys for Guyger claim that there was insufficient evidence to warrant a conviction. The legal documents reportedly want the murder conviction tossed, or changed to criminally negligent homicide.

“I feel like she received a slap on the wrist for taking my brother’s life,” Botham Jean’s sister Allis Findley. “This tells me that she feels like she didn’t do anything wrong. She did not step on my brother’s toe. She took his life.”

Guyger was found guilty on Oct. 1. She maintains that she entered Jean’s apartment believing that it was her own. Guyger testified that she shot Jean believing that he was an intruder.

“She should have received life, so she should take her 10 years in prison and shut up,” added Findley. “If the court was to do this it would prove that, yes, there is systematic racism and white privilege does prevail over Black life. I’m hoping this appeal gets thrown out and her conviction holds. I’m hoping they overturn the 10 years and give her life instead.”

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