Judge Upholds Shmurda’s $2 Million Bail; Rapper Said He’d Mull New Plea Deal
A judge has once again upheld Bobby Shmurda’s $2 million bail as the rapper’s lawyer announced he’s willing to review a new plea offer in his gang conspiracy case.
Judge Abraham Clott said Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court that Shmurda’s $2 million bail would stay as is even though defense lawyer Alex Spiro argued that Shmurda is only worth $427,000 and has languished in jail for more than a year without going to trial. Spiro said a bail reduction to $50,000 or $100,000 was also needed, because the case’s circumstances had changed after prosecutors withdrew an “overt act” allegation from the conspiracy case, where cops found cocaine in a car Shmurda was driving.
Spiro also said his client – real name Acquille Pollard – would be willing to consider a new plea deal after rejecting the prosecution’s previous offer of eight years in prison.
But Special Narcotics Prosecutor Nigel Farina countered that the rapper was a flight risk with access to lots of cash, who’d already been rearrested for trying to get a hold of a knife in jail and then lying to a grand jury about it.
Farina described Shmurda as the “spiritual and moral leader” of the GS9 gang, which dealt drugs in order to buy guns to murder rival Bloods gang members.
“This case isn’t about his fame, it isn’t about his race,” Farina said. “It’s very much about gang violence, and this defendant’s role in that gang violence.”
In the end, the judge sided with the prosecutor and shot Spiro’s bail request down.
“Any change of circumstances would seem to support an increase in bail,” Judge Clott said.
The outcome of Monday’s hearing might have been too much for Shmurda’s mother, Leslie, who left the courtroom with tears coming down her cheeks.
“This is ridiculous,” the mom said.