Based off an exclusive report from AllHipHop, Jeffrey Lichtman has asked a judge to excuse him from defending Shotti after further reviewing the case. Lichtman’s reasoning behind the change of heart lies in his belief that Shotti has zero chance at winning an appeal due to the fact that he signed a valid appeal waive that actually prohibits the high-powered lawyer from challenging the sentence.
Here’s one of the key things addressed in the letter Lichtman wrote to Judge Paul Engelmayer, which was obtained by AllHipHop:
“I respectfully submit that the record from the district court contains no reversible errors. To the contrary, the record reveals that Mr. Jordan knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently pled guilty to the charges,” Jeffrey Lichtman wrote to Judge Paul Engelmayer in an attempt to excuse himself from representing Shotti.
“Accordingly, I submit that there exists no non-frivolous issues on appeal. For these reasons, counsel should be permitted to withdraw,” argued Jeffrey Lichtman.
You can take a look at a copy of the letter over on AllHipHop. In the meantime, take a look at a fan-made “best of” compilation of Tekashi and Shotti’s friendship before their highly-publicized fallout: