Daniel Hernandez, better known by his artist moniker 6ix9ine, had been hopeful a judge would be granting him bail as he fights federal racketeering and firearm charges. However, the possibility of bail was not raised at his latest court date, which took place on Tuesday (Jan. 22).
As outlined in an in-depth report on Complex, the latest hearing in the ongoing federal case against 6ix9ine, his former manager Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, and six other co-defendants primarily focused on the new development that the rapper had to drop Lance Lazzaro from his legal team.
Judge Paul A. Engelmayer made the ruling after state prosecutors pointed out the potential conflict of interest due to Lazzaro previously defending Shotti in four separate cases between 2004 and 2015. He had also previously represented co-defendant Faheem Walter.
Lazzaro commented on the situation with Complex, stating that he felt the cases in which he represented Shotti were "very remote in time. I don't see it as any conflict." However, due to the judge's ruling, he will not be able to continue to defend 6ix9ine; although this could just be a temporary setback.
Shotti also had a recent change in legal representation and is now repped by the offices of Jeffrey Lichtman, whose claim to fame includes representing El Chapo. The former manager was previously represented by Scott Leemon, who announced he was leaving the case due to nonpayment issues and expressed an interest in defending co-defendant Jamel "Mel Murda" Jones instead.
In addition to outlining the changes in counsel, the hearing also outlined the evidence the government has gathered against the co-defendants. As reported, the evidence list includes phone records, wiretaps of Mel Murda's phone, prison phone calls, videos of narcotics transactions, in-person secret recordings by a confidential informant, emails, Walter's Snapchat account, as well as 6ix9ine's Instagram account and cell phone information. The government also added that they have not yet been successful in unlocking several phones from the defendants.
The hearing also raised a series of logistical issues, such as how the defendants' ability to review the evidence in question has been limited due to jail conditions. Additionally, due to the government shutdown, visiting hours have been impacted, making it difficult for the defendants to review evidence and meet with their attorneys.
The next hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 27 and will focus on technical issues surrounding the indictment, as well as will give attorneys the opportunity to file suppression motions.
6ix9ine is currently facing a maximum life sentence. The trial is set to begin on Sept. 4, 2019.