6ix9ine’s Lawyer Removed From Federal Racketeering Case
One of 6ix9ine's lawyers has run into a courtroom roadblock.
On Tuesday (Jan. 22), a pre-trial conference for the the federal racketeering and firearms case against 6ix9ine and his reported Nine Trey Gangsta co-defendants took place, and during the opening portion, the presiding judge ruled that the rapper's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, would have to be removed from the case until a potential conflict of interest situation is explored.
The judge's decision came after it was revealed that Lazzaro had represented Tekashi's co-defendants, Faheem "Crippy" Walter and Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, before representing 6ix9ine in this particular case.
During the discussion, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer made it clear he was upset that Lazzaro hadn't disclosed that information to court, as Lazzaro's prior relationship with 6ix9ine's co-defendants could constitute a conflict of interest.
For his part, Lazzaro explained that he'd represented Jordan in a a variety of cases between 2009 and 2015, before explaining that he'd represented Walter after Walter was charged with gang assault at a Manhattan restaurant in October 2018. He said he didn't feel the matter was an issue.
After listening to Lazzaro's explanation, Judge Engelmayer responded to the claim by saying that it wasn't the attorney's place to determine whether or not Lazzaro's previous work for Jordan and Walter constituted a conflict of interest.
As a result, the judge ruled that Lazzaro wouldn't be able to act as Tekashi's lawyer until the Brooklyn-based attorney sends detailed letters detailing the extent of his previous dealings with Kifano and Walter. If these letters aren't submitted by Mon., Jan. 28, or if it's found that there's a conflict of interest, Lazzaro could be permanently relieved of his role as Tekashi's attorney for the case. Dawn Florio, who acts as Tekashi's other lawyer in the case, still retains her role and would presumably continue doing so regardless of the hearing for Lazzaro.
This news arrives nearly two months after 6ix9ine pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and firearms charges at on Nov. 26, 2018. He'd been arrested for the charges two weeks earlier.
6ix9ine and the rest of his co-defendants, Jordan, Walter, Jensel “Ish” Butler, Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick, and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, are believed to have distributed narcotics across Brooklyn and authorities believe them to be responsible for at least three shootings and an armed robbery. Many expected that Tekashi would apply for bail today, but that wasn't the case.
About a month ago, it was reported that 6ix9ine was planning a $1.5 million bail package to get released from federal custody, but now, there's no telling when his bail application might take place.
The rainbow-haired rapper has been hit with six charges, including counts of racketeering conspiracy and using and carrying firearms he discharged in connection to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He faces 32 years to life in prison if convicted on all charges.
6ix9ine's next pre-trial conference is set for Wed., Feb. 27. The trial date for 6ix9ine and company is set to begin on Sept. 4.
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