An attorney for incarcerated New York rapper Remy Ma has filed an appeal requesting to have her eight year prison sentence dropped.
According to TMZ, Remy’s lawyer pointed out various flaws in her recent summer trial when she was charged and placed behind bars for the shooting of acquaintance, Makeda Barnes-Joseph.
“THE TRIAL COURT’S ORDER FORBIDDING DEFENSE COUNSEL FROM ARGUING DURING SUMMATION THAT MAKEDA JOSEPH WAS SHOT DURING A STRUGGLE FOR THE GUN DENIED MS. SMITH A FAIR TRIAL,” a document reads. “MS. SMITH WAS UNFAIRLY PREJUDICED BY THE INCLUSION IN THE INDICTMENT OF THE COUNTS REGARDING THE VIOLENT GANG ASSAULT AT THE PLAYER’S CLUB, AS TO WHICH THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF HER COMPLICITY, BUT WHICH LIKELY COLORED THE JURY’S CONSIDERATION OF THE REMAINING COUNTS.”
In addition to claims of bias during the case, her attorney would like her possession of a weapon charge dropped.
“THE GUN POSSESSION CHARGE MUST BE DISMISSED BECAUSE PENAL LAW 265.03 UNQUALIFIEDLY BANS THE POSSESSION OF HANDGUNS OUTSIDE THE HOME,” it reads. “OR PLACE OF BUSINESS AND IS THEREFORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL.”
As previously reported by SOHH, the former Terror Squad member turned herself in to New York police in July 2007 for the shooting of Joseph outside a nightclub. Remy was later sentenced to an eight year bid last May and is currently beind held at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills.
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