Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was first charged with raping a 12-year-old girl in December of 2015, and the case has been ongoing since then. Nearly six months after the initial charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child were brought against Maraj, investigators stated that his DNA was found on the victim's clothing. Maraj was offered a plea deal of 15-years-to-life but refused, and now he and his lawyer David Schwartz have filed a slew of motions with the court that they believe will help their case.
Bossip reports that Maraj and Schwartz have filed motions to suppress evidence found in Maraj's house, and want details about the alleged victim's "sexual history" to be brought to the attention of the court. It is their belief that Maraj's accuser isn't telling the truth; in the past, Maraj's camp has stated that they have strong reason to believe Maraj's accuser had been having sex with older men.
"We believe the truth will come out," Schwartz told Bossip. "The complaining witness in the case and others have a real motive in this case to lie. This never occurred and Jelani is completely innocent."
"The bottom line is we believe we will have a full defense of any medical evidence in this case of a sexual nature," Schwartz continued.
Schwartz has also asked the judge to dismiss the top charge, his reasoning being that because both charges have the same elements, it's unconstitutional. Schwartz is also aiming to have evidence found at Maraj's home dismissed because the officer who served the warrant previously stated in an affidavit that he had "reasonable cause" to search the home (rather than probable cause), which Schwartz finds unacceptable.
"Reasonable cause just doesn't cut it," he said. "We think it's bad."
Maraj will be headed back to court later this month.
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