Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort chose to avoid a guilty plea that would have forced him to concede to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian government’s possible interference on the President’s behalf in the 2016 elections. Thus, Manafort will go to trial to fight a bevy of charges that could get him a 300+ year prison sentence for illegal business dealings he had with pro-Russia foreign nationals in Ukraine.
Two separate trials await Manafort, with one scheduled to begin in Virginia in July and one set for September in Washington, D.C. If convicted on multiple bank fraud, conspiracy, and tax violations he’s facing he could be slammed with a maximum of 305 years by a Virginia court alone.
Then conspiracy and foreign lobbying violations could potentially give him an additional 20 years if found guilty in D.C. The defense will be faced with the task of disproving that Manafort hid earnings he made off of Ukrainian politicians (while working as a U.S. official) in shell companies and offshore accounts. He is accused of then using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and purchase property.
Due to the nature of Manafort’s crimes and fear that he may have built an elaborate enough network of international connects to flee and go missing, he is being restricted to house arrest with a pair of GPS monitors and must request permission to leave his home for anything other than religious services, meetings with his attorneys, or medical emergencies. His bail has been set at an unsecured $10 million.
DMX received a tongue lashing and a heavy handed warning as the judge presiding over his tax evasion case confronted him for his irresponsible behavior while out on bail. However, he got to go home despite having failed several drug tests over the past month.
Judge Jed Rakoff had apparently had enough with the 46-year-old Yonkers rapper prior to his late arriving at a bail hearing at Manhattan Federal Court on Friday, August 11. It had been a mere one day since news got out that X recently broke the terms of his bond arrangement by leaving the state to visit family in St. Louis, and he was already sparing the rapper from having to pay some pretty serious repercussions for a different violation. According to Rakoff, DMX has tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, and opiates on four occasions in less than four weeks.
Attorney Murray Richman went to bat for his client, by reminding the judge that Simmons has a problem with substance abuse, but Rakoff reportedly wasn’t having it, firing back, “It sounds like total self-denial.” In response to the infraction, Rakoff ordered X to serve house arrest with an electronic bracelet on his ankle and warned that “it will be the end of his career and the end of living a decent life,” if the rapper jumps bail.
Before dismissing DMX, Judge Rakoff turned his focus solely on Richman, saying, ”The lesson he seems to have learned over the last few weeks is Murray Richman will always get him off.”
The Florida native’s scheduled March 10 court date concluded on an unresolved note, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The rapper will attend a continuation of the hearing on March 20. The March 10 hearing was held to determine if there was enough evidence to consider Kodak a “danger” to Broward County residents. He was sent back to prison after a probation report revealed that he had violated the terms of his house arrest by attending a boxing match and failing to complete a mandatory anger management course. Kodak’s probation officer Sandy Friedman told the court that she was concerned over his attitude which he displayed in recent social media posts. She cited one particular clip where Kodak is seen cursing and yelling about complying with the terms of the mandated classes. In another video, he looks into the camera and denies being late after not arriving to the class on time.
Kodak’s house arrest stems from two incidents which were rolled into a plea deal. He was charged in 2015 for forcing several people into his car after he believed someone attempted to break into his house. The other incident took place when the rapper was suspected of taking part in a drug deal in the Hallandale Beach area. He was originally facing 55 years in prison but copped a plea for 5 years probation with one-year house arrest. He was accused of breaking his house arrest when he attended a boxing fight that his probation officer claims he was not granted permission for. Under the terms of his house arrest, he was only permitted to leave his home for work. His legal team claims Kodak attended the fight for work purposes. The hearing could conclude as early as March 20 and will determine if the Florida rapper will be a free man anytime soon.
Kodak Black has landed himself back in jail after violating his probation, according to XXL. The Florida rapper appeared in court on Tuesday (February 28), and he was taken into custody for violating terms of his house arrest. He’s currently serving five years probation for various charges, including kidnapping and assault, and gun possession.
Documents reveal that Kodak failed, “to remain confined to his approved residence except for one half hour before and after approved employment, public service work, or any other special activities approved by the officer […] on various times and dates, as evidenced from the pictures on video showing the offender at various places that were not approved.”
Among the places Kodak wasn’t approved to visit include Club Lexx strip club in Miami on or around Feb. 1, and Adrien Broner‘s boxing match in Cincinnati on February 18. Kodak also failed to attend anger management classes “and be responsible for the payment of any costs incurred while receiving said treatment, unless waived.”
The “Tunnel Vision” rapper is currently on tour and expected to perform in NYC tomorrow, March 1.