NBA YoungBoy attorneys are submitting a pre-trial launch request citing the “By no means Free Once more” arrest operation as a standing offense
As previously reported, federal agencies and Los Angeles police arrested NBA YoungBoy in Los Angeles in March this year. The charges are reportedly linked to an arrest in September 2020 for possession of a firearm. YoungBoy was initially granted a loan but was later revoked after the government filed a motion. On Monday, NBA YoungBoy lawyers filed a motion for the rapper’s release, who is due to appear in court again in August.
In court documents received by The Shade Room, NBA YoungBoy attorneys revealed that the rapper and his legal team were “blind” from the March arrest. They claim they were not contacted for voluntary surrender and that the motivation behind the ban on contact was to damage the NBA YoungBoy brand.
“The only evidence of their motivation behind this decision is the title of Operation NEVER FREE AGAIN, a clear attack on the defendant’s trademark” Never Broke Again “and related legal entities,” the court documents read.
To clarify, NBA YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, is charged with “possession of a firearm by a convicted felon” and possession of an unregistered firearm. These allegations stem from a federal indictment submitted to the government following his arrest in September. However, his lawyers argue that there were “no additional charges” against NBA YoungBoy between his first and second arrests. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the guns in question belong to the rapper or were used illegally. As a result, his lawyers stated that both arrests were based on a “status offense”.
“There is no testimony or other evidence of how the gun got into the vehicle or how long it was in the vehicle,” the documents say. “No fingerprints, DNA tests or other forensic examinations were carried out that would prove that Mr. Gaulden was knowingly in possession of this firearm at all times.”
The documents also gave insight into the “massive and completely unnecessary militaristic demonstration of violence and intimidation” used in the arrest of YoungBoy. An FBI agent, 3 LAPD vehicles, 11 uniformed and plainclothes officers from the LAPD and Baton Rouge FBI agents, a task force officer and even a helicopter were reportedly at the scene.
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