the M.C. that sounds like a reincarnation of Biggie Smalls, is
fighting for his freedom. The young artist’s defense is fighting
to get key pieces of evidence against him thrown out of court.
Shyne was charged with attempted murder in the night club shootout
on Dec. 27th, 1999, where three people were wounded in a Times
Square nightclub. Barrow was apprehended outside of the club,
and his boss Puff Diddy was also charged with 2 counts of felony
gun possession and trying to bribe a witness, with a diamond ring
that Jennifer Lopez gave to him. They have all pleaded not guilty
to the charges.
The issues in getting
key pieces of evidence dismissed from the case stem from police
misconduct. Murray Richman, who is Shyne’s lawyer, produced evidence
that another Lawyer, Ian Niles called police and the D.A. around
2:00pm. He said that he called three times, and requested that
nothing be done with his client, until he arrived. Sometime after
2:40pm, the police put Shyne in a lineup, where two witnesses
identified him as the man who shot three people in the club. Richman
claims that police ignored his calls, and therefore the lineup
identification is inadmissible because it violated Shyne’s right
to legal counsel. Another point his lawyers worked to get dismissed
was the gun issue. He showed pictures of the car combs was driving,
a Lincoln Navigator.
Officer William Myer
testified that they vehicle was black, when in reality it was
silver. The defense also produced pictures of the area where the
guns were found, filled with debris and trash. The attorney was
trying to show that the gun couldn’t be seen by an officer standing
outside of the empty car, and that the search that produced the
guns was illegal.