Judge Blocks Meek Mill's Move to Miami

Philly rapper completes court-ordered etiquette training, but won't be allowed to relocate.

Posted: 09/09/2013 01:22 PM EDT
Meek Mill

A glowing review from his etiquette coach wasn't enough to convince a judge to let Meek Mill move to Miami. Judge Gence Brinkley denied the Philly native's relocation request, despite raves from his instructor.

In May, Judge Brinkley sentenced the 26-year-old to etiquette training in hopes of improving his less than suitable behavior in court, the streets and on social media. Teacher Gail Madison of the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol said that she felt "very certain" that he had a "firm grasp of the information," at the end of their one-time session.

Brinkley wasn't impressed enough to allow Meek to move loser to Maybach Music Group's home base, but did relax his probation terms allowing him to travel in the U.S. without getting a monthly voucher and checking in with a probation officer whenever he leaves a state. His schedule through Nov. 18 was also approved by Brinkley.

The rapper, birth name Robert Rahmeek Williams, earned a certificate for completing the course and was given a 119-page binder on dealing with challenges specific to the music industry. According to Madison, the two spoke at length about separating his public and private persona, as well as general topics like making eye contact, shaking hands and dressing for success. Even with praise from Madison, and swapping casual courtroom attire for a black suit, District Attorney Noel DeSantis argued that he still has further to go. "This is not 'my dog ate my homework,'" DeSantis said. "This is very important. He's not doing basic, simple things."

Meek is due back in court Jan. 31.

 

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