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NYC judge doesn't want Ja Rule to post co-defendants' bails

NYC judge doesn't want Ja Rule to post co-defendants' bails

A judge said she was troubled that rapper Ja Rule had posted thousands of dollars in bonds for two co-defendants in a gun possession case, and said the two should come up with their own bail packages.
State Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer said she was concerned by the bond pledges at the July arraignment of Ja Rule, Dennis Cherry and Mohamed Gamal on second- and third-degree gun possession charges.
Ja Rule _ whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins _ "has put himself in the position of perhaps controlling the outcome of the case. I think the potential for it is a big problem," the judge said Wednesday.
Ja Rule's lawyer Stacey Richman said the co-defendants would come up with separate bail packages.
All three have pleaded not guilty. Gamal is Ja Rule's driver and the owner of a limo service, and Cherry is Ja Rule's road manager.
Ja Rule's bail was set at $150,000 (euro100,000) pledged by a bondsman or paid in cash; Cherry's bail was $150,000 bond or $75,000 (euro50,000) cash, and Gamal's bail was $20,000 (euro13,000) bond or $10,000 (euro6,500) cash.
All of the bonds were secured by Ja Rule's $3.5 million (euro2.3 million) house in New Jersey, bail bondsman Ira Judelson said after the arraignment in July.
Ja Rule, Cherry and Gamal were stopped for speeding in a luxury car in Manhattan on July 22.
Police found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in the rear driver's side door of the car, which also was not insured and had its registration suspended, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said at the July hearing.
Illuzzi-Orbon asked the judge to order the defendants to give DNA samples, saying DNA evidence had been found on the recovered gun.
The judge said she would rule next month on the DNA issue.
Gamal's lawyer, Eric Franz, said that though his client had been driving the car, he did not own it and was unaware of any gun being there.
Ja Rule, 31, rose to fame in the mid-1990s after appearing on a hit song with Jay-Z and later going on to record platinum-selling solo albums.


Updated : 2021-07-26 14:04 GMT+08:00