(AllHipHop News) Former music mogul Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond scored a major victory in court today (November 1), when a court overturned his murder-for-hire conviction.
In December of 2015, Rosemond was found guilty of hiring two men to kill Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher in September of 2009, in retaliation for his then 14-year-old son being attacked by G-Unit’s Tony Yayo.
Rosemond contended that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky’s case was biased because prosecution witnesses Henry Butler received substantial benefits for his testimony during the trial.
In November of 2015, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed, and ruled a judge made errors that affected the fairness of the trial, specifically, limiting the defense’s questioning of a key witness.
“Today truth has come to defend me in my fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Truth has knocked out falsehood. My God is truth,” Jimmy Henchman told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive statement. “I want to thank my attorneys Jonathan Edelstein, Michael Rayfield and Bruce Maffeo for being soldiers of the inevitable.
“I want to thank my family who has suffered irreparable consequences; Michael K. Williams, Leeann Hellijas and Derrick Hamilton for never taking no as an answer; Don Sikorski and the “Unjust Justice” series for exposing inequality and injustice surrounding my cases.
Rosemond took a swipe at ex-prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, who put the case together against the music executive, built mostly on testimony by informants.
Before the feud with G-Unit turned deadly, Rosemond’s Czar Entertainment managed The Game, Sean Kingston, Brandy, Gucci Mane, Salt-n-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Akon and others.
Jimmy offered up a little message to some of his former friends.
“Lastly to my so called friends and the music business that have abandoned me, the devil is a liar and now you’ve seen the devil and its details,” Jimmy Henchman told AllHipHop.com.
Rosemond’s current attorney Michael Rayfield said he was delighted with the outcome. Even though Rosemond is still serving seven life sentences as a “drug kingpin,” for allegedly heading up a $10 million-a-year cocaine operation (another charge he denies).
Now, the decision to overturn the murder conviction could set the stage for his other case to be dismissed, since most of the same witnesses provided the same testimony.
“We’re delighted by this outcome; it’s a major step in Mr. Rosemond’s path to justice,” Michael Rayfield told AllHipHop.com. “James has consistently maintained his innocence, and we’ll continue to work hard to make sure that he’s ultimately vindicated.”
Rosemond will get a new trial if prosecutors decide to try him again.