“Remy Ma, who is currently serving her prison sentence, appealed her convictions on assault, weapons possession and coercion charges. She said the trial judge should have allowed her attorney to argue during his summation that Joseph could have been shot as both women struggled over the gun.
The defense claimed the judge’s decision to disallow that argument violated Remy Ma’s constitutional right to mount a defense, leaving the jury with a question of only whether she shot Joseph intentionally or accidentally. A mid-level appeals court had affirmed the trial judge’s actions. It ruled the judge properly prevented the defense attorney from suggesting an alternate scenario “that would have required the jury to draw excessively speculative inferences from the evidence.”
“But the Court of Appeals ruled that the charge to the jury before and after that sentence made it clear that “the central duty of the jury was to decide whether the charged crimes had been proved beyond a reasonable doubt.” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the court’s decision is “a reminder that gun-related violence severely impacts the lives of both the perpetrators and their victims. Keeping guns off our streets is and will remain one of my top priorities.”
“Remy Ma was nominated for a Grammy as part of Terror Squad for the 2004 smash “Lean Back.” She had also performed with Busta Rhymes and Eminem.”
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