Ja Rule Can't Post Bail For Co-D's
Judge has a problem with rapper bailing co-defendants
New York rapper Ja Rule has been told by a NY judge that he cannot post bail for his two co-defendants in a gun possession case.
In the courtroom on Wednesday (27 Feb 08), State Supreme Justice Micki Scherer expressed concern that by posting bail for his co-defendants, the rapper "put himself in the position of perhaps controlling the outcome of the case," adding, "I think the potential for (that) is a big problem."
Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, has put up thousands of dollars in bail for Dennis Cherry and Mohamed Gamal - his co-defendants and friends.
The judges ruling means that Cherry and Gamal must now raise their own bail money.
Rule and his two friends were arrested and charged with criminal weapons possession last summer when their speeding car was stopped by police, after searching the vehicle officers found a semi-automatic firearm.