Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Bobby Shmurda's Lawyer Asks For Detectives' "Credibility Issues" To Be Presented At Trial

Bobby Shmurda's Lawyer Asks For Detectives' "Credibility Issues" To Be Presented At Trial

The rapper is set to start trial February 22.

Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel appeared in court today (January 11) in the ongoing case after they and other members of the GS9 crew were arrested on weapons and murder charges in December 2014.
At the hearing, Shmurda's lawyer, Alex Spiro, asked for documents from the Special Narcotics Prosecutors' office be used in the forthcoming trial, claiming two of the detectives in the case have been accused of "credibility issues," according to Billboard.
The documents accuse the two detectives of regularly planting evidence, making false arrests and violating the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. The alleged violations reportedly occurred in cases presented to the court over the past two years.
Spiro says that the two had stopped and frisked his client multiple times and let him free prior to the arrest. He is asking for each stop and frisk report to be included in the case, saying "that lack of evidence is itself evidence."
Spiro also noted that the prosecution threw out evidence in the original indictment that said Shmurda was in possession of cocaine on December 8, 2013. He says that without that, the case is built on Rikers Island phone calls between other people talking about Shmurda, who Spiro points out is a musical figure who people talk about. He is requesting all phone calls from Rikers Island to be used in the case, not just the ones the prosecution entered.
A new judge, Abraham Clott, is overseeing the case in place of James Burke.
Bobby Shmurda remains in jail on $2 million bail and is set to start trial February 22.

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