Lawyer Jay-Z Hired for 21 Savage Joins 6ix9ine’s Defense Team
6ix9ine adds a new lawyer to his federal racketeering case defense team.
According to court documents obtained by XXL on Tuesday (July 9), Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan's Alex Spiro, who is the lawyer Jay-Z hired to help with 21 Savage's ICE case this past February, has officially joined Tekashi's defense. He was added to 6ix9ine's team, which also includes Lance Lazzaro, Dawn Florio and Emma Maya Greenwood, during a hearing in Manhattan's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on Tuesday.
At the time he was hired by Jay-Z on Feb. 6, Spiro said he and the rest of 21 Savage's team would do their best to make sure 21 would be released from ICE custody. The rapper, who was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant on Feb. 3, was released exactly one week after the hiring.
For his part, 6ix9ine is still sitting behind bars in federal custody, as he has been since he was arrested on federal racketeering charges on Nov. 18, 2018. While Tekashi initially pleaded not guilty to drugs trafficking, racketeering conspiracy, firearms charges and more, he changed his plea to guilty during a Jan. 23 hearing for the case. As a part of his plea, he agreed to cooperate with the federal government in their attempts to identify his associates charged with similar crimes.
All but two of the 11 people charged along with Tekashi in the case have pleaded guilty. The only people who haven't pled guilty are Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack.
As of now, 6ix9ine's federal racketeering case is set to go to trial on Sept. 4.
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