James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond’s murder-for-hire conviction has been overturned. But he is still serving time for drug conspiracy charges.
Former music executive Rosemond also known as “Jimmy Henchman” just scored some major points in his fight for freedom.
On Tuesday [November 1], the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court ruled that the judge in his murder-for-hire case made errors that affected the fairness of the trial.
Rosemond was accused and convicted of ordering the 2009 murder of G-Unit associate Lowell Fletcher in retaliation for Tony Yayo assaulting his 14-year old son. Rosemond and his lawyers contested that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky’s case was biased because the prosecution’s witnesses Henry Butler and Leah Daniels-Butler received benefits for their testimony. These benefits included reduced time for their own criminal cases.
Rosemond issued a statement to AllHipHop.com:
“Today truth has come to defend me in my fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Truth has knocked out falsehood. I want to thank my attorneys Jonathan Edelstein, Michael Rayfield and Bruce Maffeo for being soldiers of the inevitable. I want to thank my family who has suffered irreparable consequences; Michael K. Williams, Leeann Hellijas and Derrick Hamilton for never taking no as an answer; Don Sikorski and the “Unjust Justice” series for exposing inequality and injustice surrounding my cases. I want to say to ex-prosecutor Todd Kaminsky and his enlisted informants Khalil Abdullah, Henry Butler, Leah Daniels, Amoy Pitters, Muhammad Stewart, Tony Martin and John Dash, I will let God judge you for what you’ve done to me, but now it’s time to fix what you’ve done.”
Despite the new ruling, Rosemond is still serving seven other life sentences after being labeled a “kingpin” and convicted of various drug trafficking charges. He and his legal team are hoping that the overturning of the murder-for-hire case will lead to those cases being overturned as well since the same witnesses were used.