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EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Trial Day 11 – Defense Calls No Witnesses; Closing Arguments Take Place

(AllHipHop News) Closing argument in the federal cocaine case of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond took place today (June 1) in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The prosecution rested their case against Rosemond late in the afternoon yesterday (May 31), paving the way for today’s closing arguments.

A number of friends, supporters and agents (including lead DEA case agent Steve Miller, who wore a custom-made t-shirt paying homage to the ‘God Father’ movie) packed Judge John Gleeson’s courtroom, to hear the closing statements.

James Rosemond’s defense attorney Gerald Shargel decided not to present any witnesses for Rosemond, opting instead, to leave the burden of proof on prosecutors.

Prosecutors presented evidence that they claimed connected James Rosemond to a cocaine conspiracy, that raked in millions in drug proceeds, earning over $14 million in 2010 alone.

Prosecutors labeled Rosemond as the “boss” of the Rosemond Organization, which they branded a Continuous Criminal Enterprise (CCE), which shipped thousands of kilos of cocaine annually.

The organization is accused of importing 20-40 kilos weekly, from the West Coast to New York, in music cases designed to store equipment.

The organization used a variety of overnight courier services throughout the years to ship the drugs, in addition to receiving millions of dollars in drug proceeds.

From 2007-2010, prosecutors claimed that Rosemond’s business Czar Entertainment, only deposited $45,915 in legitimate income.

But Rosemond, who represented acts like Game, Brandy, Akon, Mario Winans, Mike Tyson, Trillville and numerous others, managed to earn millions, despite a downturn in business that started around 2008-2009.

“The defendant’s music business was not a cash business that could generate this kind of cash,” prosecutors said in their closing arguments. “The defendant’s business was not doing very well in the years that the defendant was living very well. Even though his music business was crashing, the defendant continued to spend millions in cash. He created this high-flying lifestyle and it was funded through his drug business.”

James Rosemond’s defense attorney Gerald Shargel said the government’s case was based solely on circumstantial evidence and failed to connect his client to the drug conspiracy in any way.

Shargel noted that most of the witnesses the prosecution put on the stand are facing life sentences, which gave each one a motive to lie, in order to gain their freedom.

Shargel said each witness had perjured himself, labeled each one a proven liar and said the government was a victim of “confirmation bias.”

He also denied the government’s allegations that James Rosemond was a season cocaine trafficker.

“One thing you learned is that Czar Entertainment is not a front, it was a real business. Mike Tyson was a client, Al Sharpton was a client,” Gerald Shargel said, contradicting Sharpton’s recent assertion that he didn’t have a relationship with Rosemond.

Shargel noted that there was no physical evidence – or forensic evidence for that matter – linking Rosemond to the drug conspiracy.

Shargel admitted that business did decline for Rosemond from 2008-2011, but noted that the government didn’t provide proof that Rosemond had not earned his millions prior to the music industry downturn, beginning in 2008-2009.

“Jimmy Rosemond was the victim of a crooked accountant who committed fraud,” Gerald Shargel said in reference to Rosemond’s former accountant John Dash, who admitted to mortgage fraud and other crimes on the witness stand during testimony.
“Jimmy Rosemond was relying on the wrong person, but he didn’t do it intentionally,” Shargel said.

“Jimmy’s lawyer Gerald Shargel has put on a good defense and so now we’re at the point of deliberating and his family, supporters and myself are anxious, yet like Jimmy, we have faith in a higher power – God,” Rosemond’s publicist Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez told AllHipHop.com, adding that Rosemond was in “good spirits.”

A verdict is expected early next week.

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  • scullyson

    I know Jimmy wish he could turn back the hands of time on this one. Greed is uh mutha…

  • TruthSerum

    Didnt even try and call a witness, dude is finished

  • bigdoe6

    That judge is going to play that Makaveli album before giving Jimmy a life sentence. #Payback

    • water_ur_seeds

      lol

    • WMX

      Hahaha

  • No evidence? Sounds like a bullshit case and he has a good lawyer – NOT like our boy Max B with the guido mob wannabe. Dude should be on the next bus to freedomtown USA any day now.

  • EL_BARK

    Damn jimmy…….

    One last move to make, and they came and swarm you.!!!!!!!! Lol
    Niggaz should had cross the border, way befire shet hit the fan.

    He had to know, the feds was coming……
    Shet get your cross dressing on, lol
    Andrew cunanan style !!!!!!

    Damn
    Adx is a bitsh.!!!!!!!!
    My uncle in there, take a certain type of breed to
    Bid in that mofo……

    But fuk it, he’ll have plenty company, although he wont get to
    Communicate with the other NY OG’s in there.
    Nor at this point do i think, anybody would mess with him,
    Being he had a proofer. & was cooperating…..

    At least that niggah preme said his run was worth it. Lol
    I just wonder if jimmy can say the same???????

    Damn. It took a while, but the feds finally got they guys,
    Who slip through the cracks ( pun intended)
    And avoided them in the late 80’s & early 90’s.
    Or atleast duck them life sentences.

    Biggs = caught up. Roc
    preme= caught up. Murder inc
    Jimmy= caught up. Czar ent

    Puff =. Indicted by feds 99
    B sigel =. Indicted by feds 03
    Ti =. Indicted by feds 04 ( took the cheese)
    John forte = indicted by the feds, (although he got a pardon from
    Pres bush). Look very chessey
    Buju banton. = indicted by the feds

    Yall get the point
    If you think hip hop police dont exist, you are sadly mistaken….. Lol

    • Um…Puff in 99? That was state & not no conspiracy , that was stupidity on Puff’s part.

      ADX is a Bish?
      Worse than that & every year , some one comes out in a box.

      PC & The Hole = Same

      Jimmy could check into PC & end up sharing a cell with 2 cannibals.

      Average 1 destroy a yr? Which may not compare in #’s to others , but take into consideration it’s %100 no contact.

      Technically , he could spend 20yrs next door to Buju Banton……& not know it.

      Then after so many years , with no infractions , he gets to mingle with other inmates.
      After 3 yrs mingling ( IE: Rec time ) , if no issues , he gets rewarded by being sent to Marion , considering Marion.

      K Wing or High profile = Political Prisoners , there to be broken , in contrast though , that is supposedly the best part.

      Protective custody or the hole = 2nd best

      Gen pop = worse , due to the isolation.  

      Take your chances with a certified nutjob , or maybe get lucky? with Preme’?

      If Jimmy goes to ADX , he’s done. As a rat?  He is going to have to go to PC?

      Preme & Jimmy Cellmates?

      They had an incident where some dude destroyed his cellmate. It’s called ” Weekend At Bernie’s ” , for 3 days , dude sat up in cell , under a sheet. Finally dude tapped on window , & got co’s attention , because dude started stinking.

      Another dude , had his intestines strung about the cell , like a clothes line , & was eating his organs , then tapped on the window & when Officer Ricky came, smushed the partially eaten liver on the glass , on some ‘ole eat ya cellie’s raw liver & smush it against the glass to show Officer Ricky ” type $hyt…..Officer Rosay would then proceed to $hyt his meal. ( Presumably / Understandably? )

      Two dudes escaped….kinda , made it outside the facility , to the fence , but fence leads to another prison , etc.  5 prisons , each on inside the other , adx in inner ring.

      Escape was just a check in move , but didn’t & wasn’t supposed to look like one , or at least a good enough one , where they get a pass.  Problem was , they was too smooth.

      Ended up outside, homemade camo , for like 2hrs.  They had to get up & start walking around & signaling to get caught.  I mean they gonna go if they get past the fence? Break into a max? From there, a medium? ringer by a minimum, ringed by a camp?

      Check 4umf for a story on it , but it ain’t get into the crazy stuff.

      I think dude that helped Edward James Olmos do American Me was there & got the business for being a ” Technical Adviser ” for the movie.

      Like the movie was that realistic , because , well , that $hyt was realistic. Dude either got it there or in LewisBerg.

      Either way , that broke , bummy , burger flipping dude in the hood type lifestyle is looking  real good to Jimmy.

      Hip Hop is cursed.

      • EL_BARK

        Scracthing head

        Damn you right thought feds pick up puff case,
        Or maybe all the media circus at the time, of the trial
        I thought he was in fed court.

        Yeah the no contact @ adf is a bitsh, lol
        You dont even no where you at when you inside,
        To prevent escape attempts or break outs.
        ” you i need yall to break me out this joint”
        Well where you at inside.?
        I dont know, somewhere in this bitsh, aint nothing marked,

        Mofos be all lost & confused. Try to give directions, on where they located lol

      • Exactly , no escape….then again, 2 dudes did escape.

      • EL_BARK

        Yo hook the kid up with that article.
        Or what page is it under on 4umf. Com
        Couldnt find it???

        Then i try to google the story, couldnt find it????

        Although i already know they aint going to tell you exactly how they did it.
        Still would want to read it

        And you why is dr york in there??????
        I know what he did, but why he get adx ???
        Never knew him to be dangerous.

      • Never wrote the story , it came up in ” Word From The Streets”  , but only about the effects of isolation.

        Tony Francis & Robert Haney where the 2 dudes that escaped.

        SHU program had 3 destroying s, including the ” Weekend At Bernie’s ” incident.

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  • om3n78

    promise 2 payback jimmy henchman in due time i no u bitch nigga’s is listening the world is PAC’S NIGGA

  • tab58064

    Believe it or not, that DEA agent who was trying to be a smart-ass may have just given Henchman grounds for a retrial if he’s found guilty.  That t-shit could’ve swayed a member of the jury into convicting him. Police, agents, etc. need to stick to doing there jobs and save their opinions, comments, jokes, etc. for their family and friends.  They convict people before the jury does.

  • $18592567

    For starters, the info he gave them already is gonna catch him 20 or more alone. Now if the jury believes the things he’s admitted to then why would they doubt the additional things he’s accused of? The snitches are corroborating what he’s already the FEDS and they’re going to use that to tack on more time. Outside of a crazy technicality this dude probably going to get smoked, but at least he’s not going to get the death penalty. 

    Sucks to be this guy and I hope it was worth it.

    • Mongo Slade

      how do u guys know he really gave them that info…its the fed word against his

      • thaGOD83

        he did bro, he began cooporating but he didnt give up ALL, the info, so the deal has been taken away and now he must face court, like the other day i mentioned ALPO, he snitched but he confessed to EVERYTHING because if he didnt deal would be taken off the table like jimmy. henchman tried to save a lil face and not give up all details, but that fucked him in the end..you cant be a gangsta snitch, give up info yet try to salvage your rep..he gave up the wyclef info amongst others, if he gets off i will be surprised, and if he is set free, they will prob try to kill him.  but you never know homie, so mch like you said we dont know.

      • Po’ didn’t snitch on everyone , but didn’t have too, Harlem was left out of Po’s deal, besides he got Wayne Perry.

      • TruthSerum

        I’ll take the Feds word against Jimmy Henchman

        Before the feds got involved Jimmy had a reputation for being a scumbag, lol, not EVERYBODY they go after is an Innocent man, every once in a while they actually get one right, and I would make a sizable wager this is one of those times

      • He singed the proffer agreement.

      • $18592567

        My best guess is the fact that the defense attorney didn’t object to the statements and I doubt that any law enforcement agency worth it’s salt would take a confession verbally. We’re talking about the people who have their cases before they indict. I don’t want to see anybody go to jail, but if anybody really thinks he’ll get less than a quarter is trippin.

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  • water_ur_seeds

    Moment of truth to follow I guess..

    SMH and LOL @ Al Sharpton, this dude

    Thats foul DEA wearing A Godfather t to court

  • Angelsaint

    25 years
    thats a perfect case..
    wire tapes of jimmy making coke transactions, money tied to jimmy
    tons of people telling how the organization worked,   
    jimmy admitted crimes that allready are worth 20 years and confirmed basically the whole thing in his statements 

    besides jimmy being found guilty its clear that Jimmy allways been a wannabe Music industry guy. His whole company was a joke.
    Dude basically just became famous for robbing Tupac and jused that for a few extortion moves.

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  • thaGOD83

    i read a story about a lady that was given a studio by the execs in the industry, but after a while she was forced to ship dope, and money for the higher ups from her studio to the nexxt, then they took it further and asked her to force the rappers recording there to sell dope also, after she got too deep and afraid she quit, went on the run, and got arrested and served time, this story sounds similar. jimmy could have sold all of that dope/guns, or he could have been forced too..for the simple fact he is a felon in a game bigger than that rap/extortion, and he to has to play his part…i promise the story about the woman is real, yet ironically similar to this, i think in a way he had no choice, and they have been railroading him ever since…you can get in the game, music, as a gangsta and think you got it all figured out, but you are merely a pawn being used until you get too important or you say NO.. then its all downhill from there..jimmy may be guilty, but he aint the only one….them execs got paid too. along with high profile entertainers, they will prob fry him to save their own asses./..stay out the game, this is the best example yet for you wanna be bosses

  • rep87

    Jimmy would have done better with a public defender for what this guy gave him in court

    • scullyson

      You mean “Public Pretender” not “Public Defender” ?

  • Myambitioniswicked

    Wouldnt surprise me if he walked

  • jenes anaksyon

    most of u niggas get it all fucked up if y’all Think the verdict will come out guilty…..hip-hop is black culture …..and if y’all niggas riding with hip-hop jimmy is one of the General who make that shit happen …..this DEA agent with this god father jacket is example on how hiphop can take it this far…..his kids probadly some hiphop head wanna be lil wayne,50,game,jay-z,puffy.tupac,biggie….ect…..
    “by triyn to get jimmy ,the government has done no more than triyn to cut down the
    trunk of the tree of this black culture calling hip-hop but it will spring back form
    the roots because they are numerous and deep…..SILANS KONN PALE ..we have faith in a higher power …HAITIAN MAFIA SINCE 1804…..KEEP YOUR  HEARD UP JIMMY……………..

    • scullyson

      Im saying he admitted to mad ish and the amount of evidence stacked up against him I mean why wouldnt you think he has a snowball’s chance in h**** of beating this? If he’s innocent I mean beside what he’s admitted to then this my friend is the ulimate setup…but i doubt it…At the end of the day though only jimmy and those he dealt with know the truth…

    • $18592567

      I love the Hatians since they came to my hood back in the mid 80’s during the whole Aristide thing, but wtf Jimmy was thinkin? He SNITCHED and got caught, so EVERYTHING he said is going to work against him. 

      AGAIN Nobody wants to see anybody go to jail, but in a matter of public opinion it’s pretty much a done deal unless something dramatic happens between now and the verdict. Them people gonna come back by like Tuesday or Wednesday. 

      I appreciate the Suge Knight’s, J Prince’s, Tony Draper’s and Jimmy Henchman’s of hip hop because gangster styled CEO’s have produced some of the best hip hop.

      Anybody saying Jimmy headed for a 25 to LIFE sentence is just being realistic based on the FACTS. Nothing more nothing less.

      This dude is finito.

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  • El Bark:

    Mirssa Araiza-Reyes was the dude from “Weekend At Bernie’s ADX”. Reyes confession ” 
    “I did what I had to do,I took care of that snitch for you, ” as he showed the co the body of his discolored cellmate , Frank Melendez , he took 8 & 1/2 plea deal.
    Dude was not having it.

    On January 16, 1997, Maynard Campbell, a 55-year militia member was killed for refusing to leave his cell when dudes stepped to his cellmate Greg Kuban , for snitching on dudes making hooch in the bakery. He was stabbed 27 times.

    Doug Black would plead guilty , stated that his knife was 2ft & was amazed that Kuban survived , since he ” poked him full of holes.” << His words , from 7yr plea deal.

    Aug 28, 1997 ,  Abdul Salaam, a black leader at Lewisburg, and his roommate, Frank Joyner, were killed in retaliation for DC Blacks & Aryan nation beef at Lewisburg , where Rayful Edmond & Griselda Blanco's youngest were bidding. Salaam & his killers had both transferred from ADX , right before Tony Francis transferred from Lewisburg to ADX , with the false label of being Aryan Brotherhood , in a BOP set up.

    Tony Francis had 3 choices , kill , snitch , or run.  He ran & was acquitted of escape , on the grounds that he had to , because ADX was so violent.  First & only time a prison was blamed for an escape , because of it being so violent.

    Anybody who checks in to PC, whatever the reason, is considered a snitch. A check-in / PC'ing is considered collaborating with the guards and therefore can't be trusted.   If Jimmy lands in ADX , his intestines will be used as X Mas decorations. 

    Dr. York in ADX for political reasons, to break him , convicted of racketeering.  I think ADX may have "STATE" prisoners.

    Escapes , violence & politics ( Poly = Many , Tic = Blood sucker ) can earn a trip to ADX.  Then again , not hard to get fed charge if they want to , in state pen.

    Larry Hover , Howard "Pappy" Mason , King Blood ( Luis Fleipe / Latin Kings ) , Omar Portee ( O.G. Mack / United Blood Nation ) , "Pistol Pete" Rollack ( UBN / SMM ) , H Rap Brown , Anothy " Gas Pipe " Casso / Luchese  underboss, Sammy The Bull Gravano / Gambino Underboss.

    H Rap Brown = State prisoner in ADX?

  • Brick Soulja

    Isn’t that the same thing Lil Boosie’s lawyer did? He didn’t call any witnesses and Boosie went free. I hope that things don’t turn out the same and this snitch Jimmy gets life instead.  Jacques Agnant and Sean Combs need life too.

    R.I.P. Tupac Amaru Shakur

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