Bobby Shmurda Denied Bail for the Seventh Time
Bobby Shmurda was back in court today (Jan. 19) and a Manhattan judge denied a request to lower or remove the rapper's $2 million bail. This is the seventh time Shmurda and his lawyer Alex Spiro have appeared before a judge and failed to get his bail reduced.
According to reports from DNAinfo New York and TMZ, Spiro argued that the $2 million bail was set way too high and is based on a preconceived notion that the Brooklyn rapper is worth millions. A 2014 tax return from Sony revealed that he is worth $427,000.
Spiro also argued that his client is not a flight risk because "he has no passport, let alone [has[ ever been outside the country." The lawyer also continued to question the credibility of two detectives assigned to the investigation and argued that it is "unconscionable" to hold a "black teenager with no criminal record [and] no warrant history" for this long with a bail set so high.
The judge fired back, citing Shmurda's troubles while being held at Rikers Island including a knife smuggling incident that could result in felony and misdemeanor charges of promoting prison contraband, perjury and criminal possession of a weapon. "To the extent that there have been any changes in the circumstances involved, they would all appear to support an increase in bail," said the judge.
Despite the outcome, Spiro claims he will not stop trying to get the bail reduced.
Shmurda's mother, Leslie Pollard, spoke after the hearing. "There's no evidence to have him in there," she said. "Everything that the DA is stating is somebody else's business, not [Bobby's] business. It's bullshit. It's because of who he is."
The Brooklyn native is due back in court on Feb. 16.
Shmurda has been locked up since Dec. 2014 after he was arrested in a Manhattan studio. The 21-year-old was under surveillance and investigation by a Spcial Narcotic's Prosecutor's office from early 2013 through Oct. 2014 for a slew of alleged crimes he and his GS9 cohort are accused of committing. He faces 69 charges total including murder, attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, weapons possession, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, narcotics sales and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
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