for Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff recently petitioned a federal judge
to require the Department of Justice to rule on a decision in McGriff’s pending
death penalty case.
Jean D. Barrett and David A. Ruhnke, have requested U.S. District Judge Edward
R. Korman to require that the Department rule on whether the convicted drug
kingpin’s murder trial will proceed as a capital or non-capital case by March
In a legal correspondence
to Judge Korman, dated Jan. 27, Barrett and Ruhnke cited the attorney general’s
"death penalty protocols" as the basis for the request.
protocols require that the U.S. Attorney submit his or her death penalty recommendation,
no later than "67 days prior to the date on which the government is required
to file notice that it intends to seek the death penalty."
however, not be answer on this issue for several weeks; Supreme’s case is at
the so-called ‘death desk’ at the Department of Justice in DC and they have
until March 27 to make a decision," author Ethan Brown told AllHipHop.com.
Brown wrote the
Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent & the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler,
which details the criminal underworld of Queens, N.Y., McGriff’s ties to The
Inc., and the borough’s relationship with the Hip-Hop industry.
Judge Korman set
a peremptory trial date of April 3, which gives the DOJ a little more than two
months to rule on the case.
If a decision on
the death penalty is not made by the start of the trial, the case would proceed
as a non-capital case.
The charges against
McGriff are the result of a coordinated initiative by federal and local law
enforcement agencies, including the New York City Police Department, the IRS,
FBI, and ATF.
and two corporations are charged with an array of offenses, including racketeering,
drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder, including the slaying of Queens
rapper Eric "E Money Bags" Smith.