Jelani Maraj On Trial For Raping 11-Year-Old
A judge has nixed Nicki Minaj’s brother’s defense’s request to dismiss his rape case because of claims that the prosecution didn’t prove that the alleged victim was underage when the alleged abuse occurred.
David Schwartz, Jelani Maraj’s lawyer, said in Nassau County Supreme Court Wednesday that Maraj’s charge of predatory sexual assault against a child should be thrown out because the victim could have lied about how old she actually was and the prosecution never introduced proof of her age.
“Number one, the people have never established the victim’s true age through a birth certificate,” Schwartz told Judge Robert McDonald. “We are relying on (the alleged victim), who can’t possibly remember the day she was born, and a mother who has absolutely no credibility.”
Schwartz also asked that his client’s rape charge be dismissed because he said the prosecution hadn’t proved that the abuse occurred more than once. Both the victim’s age and the abuse occurring more than once must be proved in order to convict Maraj on his charge of predatory sexual assault of a child, the lawyer said.
“The testimony is fraught with lies and inconsistencies,” Schwartz said. “There were so many memory problems..she didn’t give any specifics and she was coached.”
But Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Emma Slane said the victim herself testified to how old she was, as well as the repeated abuse she said she endured at the hands of Maraj.
In the end, Judge Kevin McDonald ruled against Maraj, and the defense was now set to call its first witness Wednesday afternoon after the prosecution rested. Schwartz was coy on who his first witness was, but said it wouldn’t be Nicki Minaj.