Bail Bondsman To The Stars Ira Judelson Says He Hopes To Spring Shmurda From Rikers Island By Next Week
Bobby Shmurda may be finally getting off of Rikers Island.
The “Hot Ni**a” rapper, currently locked up on felony conspiracy and other charges, has secured celebrity bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who said he’ll put up Shmurda’s $2 million bail as early as next week.
“At the end of the day, I’m their bank. I’m the one who is going to be putting up the money to secure their appearance in court,” Judelson told Bossip after attending a hearing for Shmurda and his GS9 co-defendants at Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday. “Bobby is relying on me to put up the $2 million to get him out the door, get him back to his family and get his music career back on track.”
Known as the bail bondsman to the stars, Judelson has previously bonded out Plaxico Burress, Ja Rule, Lawrence Taylor and Dominique Strauss Kahn. Judelson said he’s also bailing out Shmurda’s brother, Jahvase and co-defendants, Remy and Chad Marshall.
“We’re hopefully going to post bail for this young man, and move forward, and litigate this case,” Shmurda’s new lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, told Bossip.
Shmurda – real name Ackquille Pollard – is fighting drug, weapons and conspiracy charges and has been in protective custody on Rikers Island for the last five weeks.
On Thursday, Shmurda and a slew of co-defendants were arraigned on a new indictment, and lawyers for the accused hashed out a court schedule.
An expressionless Shmurda, clad in a grey sweatshirt, hoarsely said “Not Guilty” during his brief hearing Thursday, which capped the day’s proceedings. As officers led a handcuffed Shmurda back to the cells, his mother, Leslie mouthed “I Love You,” to him.
During Shmurda’s hearing, Montgomery tried unsuccessfully to lower his client’s bail, arguing that the government’s evidence doesn’t nail Shmurda as the gang leader, drug dealer and enforcer he is accused of being.
“There’s nothing in this case where they’re discussing weight,” Montgomery told Judge James Burke. “There’s nothing as to the hierarchy of this alleged gang.
“Based on that, all they have is guns on Mr. Pollard.”
But Judge Burke kept his bail at $2 million.
Howard Greenberg will still represent Jahvase Pollard, Shmurda’s brother and codefendant. Greenberg’s colleague, Jason Eldridge, was in court to represent Shmurda’s brother.
“We’re looking forward to a vigorous defense,” Eldridge said.
Shmurda is due back in court in April.