In May, Judge Genece Brinkley ordered Meek Mill to take etiquette classes to rectify his behavior and mannerisms in and out of court, in addition to his social media postings.
However, despite Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol in Huntingdon Valley head Gail Madison’s rave review of the rapper’s progress after a four-hour session, Judge Brinkley denied the rapper’s request to move to Miami, Florida.
Philly.com reports that Meek’s etiquette lesson included discussions about responsibility, as well as receiving a 119-page binder addressing how to deal with challenges that are inherent in the entertainment industry.
Meek reportedly showed up to court in a black suit and tie, and ultimately was able to get some of his probation conditions eased. Meek no longer has to get a travel voucher every 30 days, and no longer has to call his probation officer every time he travels to a different state.
Still, Assistant District Attorney Noel DeSantis said that Meek needs to improve in returning phone calls and emails from his PO. “This is not ‘my dog ate my homework.’ This is very important,” said DeSantis. “He’s not doing basic, simple things.”
Ultimately Meek’s request to move to Miami, which is home to the rapper’s label, Maybach Music Group, was denied. The rapper’s next scheduled court date is January 31.
Though his day in court didn’t go the way he had hoped, Meek says he understood the purpose of the training. “I just felt like I went through it, I handled it,” he said. “I just been trying to do everything I gotta do and remain straight.”
Meek has been on probation since 2009, when he was paroled following a six-month prison sentence stemming from gun and drug charges.