Ja Rule In Hot Water Over Bail Postings

A New York judge has ruled that Ja Rule's co-defendants in his gun possession case must pay their own bail, revoking the arrangements made by the rapper himself.
According to Newsday, State Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer said Wednesday (Feb 27), that Ja, born Jeffrey Atkins, "put himself in the position of perhaps controlling the outcome of the case," adding that she felt it could pose a big problem.

Ja Rule was arrested on July 22 along with limo driver Mohamed Gamal and Ja's road manager, Dennis Cherry, following a Lil' Wayne concert at the Beacon Theater in New York.

The charges resulted from a .40 caliber handgun discovered in the rapper's Maybach by police, who searched the vehicle after detecting the smell of marijuana.

The following day, Ja posted Gamal and Cherry's combined $170,000 bond, as well as his own $150,000 bond, using his $3.5 million Saddle River, NJ home as collateral.

Attorney Stacey Richman, who represents all three men, said the defense would make other arrangements for Gamal and Cherry's bail.

Richman also represents Lil' Wayne, who was arrested on similar charges an hour after Ja Rule, and pleaded not guilty in his case on Monday (Feb 25).

Prosecutors in the case are also seeking to obtain DNA evidence from the three defendants, to determine the rightful owner of the recovered handgun.

Judge Scherer is expected to make a decision on that request next month