News: Ja Rule Carries On Battle In NYC Gun Case, "I'm Still Facing A Lot Of Time"
Monday, Aug 16, 2010 4:38PM
New York rapper Ja Rule recently updated fans on the status of his upcoming gun case, set to take continue this week, and how he is still facing years behind bars.
Rule said he has been focused on battling the charge and winning his case.
"It's been a crazy three years going through this situation. [Lil] Wayne will be home in November. I'm still facing... a lot of time. So, I've got to mentally put my mind on it and work toward... God will see me through it. I've got a good family, good people around me. I got a lot of mottos I live by, man. 'Don't get mad, get money.' 'Persistence outweighs resistance.' I just try to stay focused throughout all the bullsh*t and keep pushing. As long as I've been in this business it's been a struggle. Ain't nothing been easy. Even when we were doing 3, 4 million, it wasn't easy. It was a fight to the finish, and this is going to be the same thing. Right now it's no different." (VIBE)
In June, a judge decided to allow DNA evidence to be used against Rule in his August trial.
Rapper Ja Rule was dealt a legal blow when a judged ruled DNA evidence could be used by the prosecution during his gun possession trial. A lawyer for the 34-year-old performer, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, questioned whether tactics used to test a small amount of DNA recovered from the weapon are scientifically reliable. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Richard Carruthers decided that "low copy" DNA evidence is legally acceptable and may be used in Atkins's trial going forward. Atkins's request for a hearing on the matter was denied in a written ruling. (DNA Info)
Rule will have an opportunity to defend himself on Wednesday (August 18).
The August court date comes after the judge denied Rule's request for a hearing regarding DNA evidence. According to the New York Post, prosecutors claim that a miniscule amount of the hip-hop artist's DNA was found on the handgun. However, Rule's lawyer, Stacey Richman, has argued that the DNA sample is too tiny to provide reliable test results. Yet, the judge asserted the reliability of the DNA test methods, referencing a case in which the same DNA testing that Rule's defense is contesting became instrumental in exonerating a defendant who spent four years in jail. The Post also reported that Richman will explore whether the judge might be willing to re-evaluate his decision regarding the DNA testing. (MTV)
The case stems from Rule's 2007 arrest in New York.
Defense lawyer Stacey Richman said she planned to appeal the ruling. Ja Rule, who has pleaded not guilty to criminal weapons possession, was allowed to skip the proceeding for a movie shoot out of town. The case against him stems from a stop of his $250,000-plus Maybach sports car after a July 2007 concert. Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the car. (Associated Press)
Check out a recent Ja Rule interview down below: