EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Files For New Trial, Says Tupac Shooting Allegations Swayed Jury
(AllHipHop News) In a stunning turn of events, AllHipHop has learned exclusively that James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond officially requested for a new trial on March 10th in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (21 U.S.C 2255).
Rosemond is currently serving seven life sentences as a “drug kingpin,” for allegedly heading up a $10 million-a-year cocaine operation.
Despite a checkered background, while in operation Jimmy's Czar Entertainment reportedly managed The Game, Sean Kingston, Brandy, Gucci Mane, Salt-n-Pepa and Akon.
Henchman also had a well publicized beef with 50 Cent and his G-unit crew.
In addition to "drug kingpin" charges, in December of 2015 a jury determined Rosemond was guilty of killing Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher in retaliation for his then 14-year-old son being attacked by the G-Unit’s Tony Yayo.
The complaint, filed against former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky is based on the premise that Henry Butler received substantial benefits for his testimony during the trial.
“Kaminsky and the government have taken my life, and now he is using it to run for senate. I guess ambition has no boundaries,” Rosemond told AllHipHop.com.
He also says he was "never found with any money or drugs in his possession," nor was any evidence produced during a two-year wire tap on his phones and in his office.
Furthermore, Rosemond assails that Butler was the government's star witness and received favors from former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky unbeknownst to the courts.
Ineffective counsel and juror misconduct were also cited in the Habeas Corpus request for a new trial.
“The government and its prosecutor, now state senate candidate, Todd Kaminsky, used underhanded and unethical methods against me to secure my guilty verdict. I have lost everything. All the money I made as a legitimate music industry businessman, and now my freedom. I feel that I was prosecuted to the extent to which I was, in large measure, because of my role in the Hip Hop industry and the ability of the government to gain so much notoriety on my case,” James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond told AllHipHop in an exclusive statement.
Ironically, lead prosecution witness Henry Butler is married to Leah Daniels-Butler who is the sister of Lee Daniels famed director and co-creator of the hit television series, Empire.
Rosemond believes he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2013 based on testimony from Butler.
Jimmy claims that Butler was allegedly a major supplier of drugs that were obtained through Mexican cartels.
Rosemond's attorneys believe the only evidence against Rosemond was circumstantial and supplied by prosecution witnesses all of whom were offered deals, like Butler, in return for their testimony.
According to Rosemond, Leah Daniels and Henry Butler were first targeted in narcotics investigations, arrested and after cooperating with federal authorities named Rosemond for a plea deal.
Leah Daniels -Butler was reportedly found with two guns, loaded magazines and drugs, she was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.
Butler served less than 4 years in prison.
Rosemond says Kaminsky has used his status as the lead prosecutor to promote his campaign, benefitting from the high-profile media attention generated by Rosemond’s prosecution.
In addition, Rosemond believes that he became a target of federal prosecutors because of his entertainment business and connections to high-profile names in the hip hop industry who the government wanted Rosemond to turn in to authorities.
Rosemond also states that two jurors "were overheard discussing the oft-reported story in the media that James Rosemond was somehow involved in the shooting of Tupac Shakur, some years prior to his eventual murder."
Filmmaker Don Sikorski is producing a documentary series entitled Unjust Justice: The Jimmy Rosemond Tapes and has uncovered evidence of the prosecution’s questionable ethics that contradicts the prosecution’s contention that Rosemond was a drug kingpin.
The first piece in particular looks at allegations that Rosemond was involved in the Tupac Shakur robbery in New York City's Quad Recording Studios.
"In examining the case of James Rosemond, it became apparent that the government has overreached in charging him with the Kingpin Statute. Under the guidelines of the charge, Rosemond was not a kingpin. The government, through coercion of informants and a well-drafted narrative that put Rosemond at the head of the snake was circumstantial at best. I have definitive proof that disputes the story of the United States Attorney and audio interviews that show Todd Kaminsky manipulated every criminal associate around Rosemond to fit his ultimate goal of prosecuting the "big catch."
Those interested can see the film on Rosemond here: Unjust Justice: The Jimmy Rosemond Tapes