Remy Ma Accuses Judge Of Making 'Mistakes' In Shooting Trial
Rapper REMY MA is aiming to be out of jail in time for Christmas (08) - after filing an appeal against her eight-year prison sentence for a 2007 shooting.
The 26-year-old hip-hop star - real name Reminisce Smith - was sentenced in May (08) on charges of assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph in the abdomen in July last year (07).
She maintained her innocence throughout the New York trial, claiming the shooting was an "accident".
Smith then hired top lawyers William Murphy, Jr., Kenneth Ravenell and Richard Levitto to launch an appeal and proceeded to announce she was "confident" that she would be vindicated of the charges.
Now, in new documents filed on behalf of the star, her lawyers claim the trial was riddled with mistakes by the judge.
They pinpoint four key indications of the judge's alleged faults, including the claim Smith was "unfairly prejudiced" by the inclusion of details relating to an August 2007 attack on a male alleged to be Barnes Joseph's boyfriend, which Smith is said to have instigated.
Her attorneys have also accused the judge of "wrongly instructing the jury" over Barnes Joseph's testimony, after the jurors were told that if they believed it to be "truthful and accurate", it would satisfy the proof "beyond a reasonable doubt".
Smith's legal team want the sentence overturned and the star released before the seasonal holidays.
Smith is currently serving time at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York as she awaits the appeal.