Federal Prosecutors Say 6ix9ine’s Sexual Misconduct Case Shouldn’t Be Addressed During Trial
Federal prosecutors do not want 6ix9ine's sexual misconduct case to be mentioned when he takes the stand as a witness in the trial for two men arrested in his federal racketeering case.
In documents released on Friday (Aug. 30), U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman asks Judge Paul Engelmayer to bar the defense lawyers for his fellow Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members, his suspected kidnapper, Anthony "Harv" Ellison, and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack from asking 6ix9ine about pleading guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance in 2015.
"[T]he Government respectfully requests that defense counsel be precluded from cross-examining CW-2 regarding...an October 21, 2015 conviction in New York County Supreme Court of Use of a Child Less Than 17 Years of Age in a Sexual Performance," reads the letter, which refers to 6ix9ine as CW-2 (Cooperating Witness 2).
Berman continues, "The October 2015 Conviction is likely to cause a jury to unfairly discount CW-2’s testimony due to feelings of disgust concerning the underlying conduct. Cross-examination about this topic would be inappropriate because it would be substantially prejudicial, entirely nonprobative of any relevant issue, and irrelevant to testing the truthfulness of CW-2’s anticipated testimony... [T]he only possible purpose of any cross-examination of CW-2 regarding the October 2015 Conviction would be to inflame the jury against CW-2 in an effort to cause the jurors to reject CW-2’s testimony..."
(6ix9ine isn't named in the letter, but his sexual misconduct conviction, in conjunction with previous entries indicating that CW-2 had been kidnapped in July 2018 appears to cement his identity as CW-2)
6ix9ine's sexual misconduct case stems a February 2015 incident in which his associate uploaded a video of the rapper groping a 13-year-old girl to social media. The rapper was 18 at the time. In October 2015, he pled guilty to the charge of using a child in a sexual performance. In October 2018, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. In December of 2018, a New York judge closed the case and revoked the sentences in the process. The judge did so because the federal government's ongoing case against the rapper superseded the state's.
The trial for Ellison and Mack is set to begin this month. Back in January, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to several racketeering charges and, as part of his deal, he agreed to act as a witness for the prosecution.
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