Long Island, NY – Roughly a yr after Jelani Maraj — Nicki Minaj’s brother — was discovered responsible of predatory sexual assault in opposition to a baby and endangering the welfare of a kid, a decide has reportedly order an inquiry into jury misconduct.
According to a report from Newsday, Maraj’s legal professionals imagine jurors for the case had participated in some inappropriate conduct. One of the allegations entails an alternate juror who stated one juror claimed that if Maraj’s well-known sister didn’t present as much as testify, Maraj was responsible.
Consequently, State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald has known as for an inquiry listening to on November 15.
“There is a necessity for the Court to conduct a listening to to find out the character of the fabric positioned earlier than the jury and whether or not that materials created a considerable threat of prejudice to the defendant,” the decide wrote in his October 18 ruling.
The 38-year-old New Yorker faces as much as life in jail for raping his 11-year-old former stepdaughter.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published by Danielle Harling on February 21, 2018 and can be found below.]
Months after being discovered responsible of predatory sexual assault in opposition to a baby, Jelani Maraj (brother of rapper Nicki Minaj) now desires the conviction fully thrown out.
Page Six experiences that Maraj’s sentencing was pushed again a month as his lawyer petitions to have his conviction dismissed. Maraj at the moment faces life in jail following November’s responsible verdict.
Judge Robert McDonald has but to rule on Maraj’s lawyer’s request to have the conviction tossed.
When Maraj was on trial final yr for the rape of his stepdaughter, his lawyer David Schwartz tried to argue that the sufferer made up the rape claims as a part of an elaborate $25 million extortion scheme.
In addition to predatory sexual assault in opposition to a baby, Maraj was additionally discovered responsible of endangering the welfare of a kid.