Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, was convicted raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter final 12 months after weeks trial dates and witnesses taking the stand. Almost a 12 months later, the protection staff Jelani has aired suspicion jury misconduct that has pressured a decide to order an inquiry, Newsday stories.
“There is a necessity for the Court to conduct a listening to to find out the character the fabric positioned earlier than the jury and whether or not that materials created a considerable danger prejudice to the defendant,” the decide wrote.
The allegations element how the alternate juror advised different jurors that if Nicki Minaj didn’t present as much as testify then Jelani was responsible. Some jurors additionally talked in regards to the case towards the decide’s directions and famous how they could not “await him to be discovered responsible.” Other jurors learn blogs and watched The Wendy Williams present the place the speak present host slammed Jelani for being responsible.
The alternate juror didn’t deny the latter and wrote that if anytime “somebody started to debate what simply transpired within the courtroom, I or one other juror would remind them that we aren’t supposed to speak about that and the dialog would stop.”
The protection tried to say prosecutorial misconduct as effectively, however the decide discovered that “however some potential improprieties on the half the prosecutor,” proof was “greater than legally ample” to show Jelani as responsible.