Meek Mill’s lawyers got into a contentious exchange with Judge Genece Brinkley after they claimed she basically laughed in open court.
As was reported … Meek marched into court Monday for a hearing to decide if he’ll get a new trial. But his team left bewildered at Brinkley’s demeanor, describing it as “an asylum.” TMZ’s now obtained a transcript of the exchange and the conflict stems mostly from Meek’s side insisting Brinkley ridiculed a witness.
According to the docs … Meek’s lawyers, Joe Tacopina, Brian McMonagle, and Peter Goldberg believe Brinkley laughed while one of their key witnesses, Bradley Bridge, was on the stand. Bridge is a prosecutor who’s worked on more than 1,000 cases similar to Meek’s.
The exchange can be read below from the point afer McMonagle brought up the issue:
Judge: Do you believe I have been ridiculing you?
Bridge: There were a couple moments where I sensed that was true.
Judge: And that I was laughing at you? He used the word laughing.
McMonagle: You did laugh.
Judge: No, I wasn’t laughing at him.
Goldberg: Your honor, I heard you laughing at him.
Judge: Excuse me?
McMonagle: All three lawyers heard you laugh.
Judge: Do you believe that I was laughing at you in the course of this serious case?
Bridge: I wouldn’t call it a laugh. I would call it a smirk.
The hearing continued but, before it came to a close, Goldberg brought the issue up again, for the record.
Judge: OK. I can appreciate that you’re saying I laughed out loud, but I did not laugh out loud. I might have had a smile on my face, but I didn’t laugh out loud.
With all the extra theatrics, Judge Brinkley still did not immediately rule on Meek’s motion for a new trial.