Female emcee, Reminisce “Remy Ma” Smith, got some bad news yesterday. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld Remy’s conviction, therefore she’ll remain in prison as scheduled. Her defense team originally appealed the court’s conviction because the judge did not properly inform the jurors before they entered their guilty verdicts.
Remy was involved in a 2007 Manhattan shooting. She got into an argument with an (ex)friend, Makeda Barnes Joseph, a gun was pulled out and the two women tussled for the gun. During the struggle the gun “accidentally” let off two shots which struck the victim, Joseph. This shooting lead to an eight year prison bid for Remy. In 2008 while in prison, longtime boyfriend and known rapper Papoose married Remy in a courtroom on her sentencing day.
In 2009 Remy’s attorney, Ivan Fisher, filed for an appeal claiming the trial judge should have allowed her defense to argue during summation that the victim, Makeda Joseph, could have been shot as both women struggled over the gun, which would reveal it was accidental. However, it was disallowed, which Remy’s attorneys said violated her constitutional right to mount a defense, leaving the jury with a question of only whether she shot Joseph intentionally or accidentally.
Remy Ma has been considered one of the illest female rappers in the game. If she was home then likely she would be a problem for the current top contender in female hip hop, Nicki Minaj. Let’s hope she comes home focused and on top of her game, ready to reclaim her spot! Or possibly too much time has passed and her relevancy has long faded away! Whatever the case I wish her the very best upon her release.
Who knows the game plan Remy has now. Likely she will appeal again and go to an higher court on the federal level, because this appeal was sent up to the highest NY court. For now Remy and her family will have to expect her sentence to carry out to the fullest, which means Remy will not be home until 2016. Let’s keep Remy in our prayers!