Imprisoned American Rapper Gunna Files New Petition For Jail Release.
Following the rejection of his previous efforts, the rapper’s legal team is asking a neighbouring county in Georgia to grant his release.
Lawyers for the 29-year-old rapper, born Sergio Kitchens, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday, a constitutional procedure that allows prisoners to challenge their incarceration. Gunna’s attorneys claim that Fulton County prosecutors have not provided sufficient evidence to keep him in jail.
According to Billboard, Gunna’s attorneys wrote, “To allow Mr Kitchens to be held in jail by the state’s unsworn claims and conclusions, devoid of any specific facts or supporting evidence—over objection by the defence—is to render his presumption of innocence meaningless and to discard his right to due process.”
This comes after a Fulton County judge denied Gunna’s motion for bond twice, once this month and once in May, citing concerns that he would endanger the public and intimidate other witnesses if released.
“Repeatedly, the state presented shocking and conclusory facts and then provided no basis for believing this information was accurate and provided no nexus between the ‘facts’ and Mr Kitchens,” Gunna’s attorneys added. “Without the proper cross-examination tools, the defence was unable to respond.”
The petition for habeas corpus must be filed in the jurisdiction where the prisoner is being held. Gunna is currently being held at the Henry County Jail. This would allow you to avoid Fulton County Superior Court.
Gunna is expected to remain in jail until his January 2023 trial date.