The judge presiding over the case is concerned over a possible conflict of interest.
Tekashi 6ix9ine may have copped a plea deal in his federal case but the legal battle is far from over. The Blast obtained court documents that reveal the rapper's co-defendants, Shotti and Crippy, made a case to the judge explaining why they don't want Lance Lazzaro acting as 6ix9ine's legal representation. The judge previously asked them if it would cause a conflict of interest since Lazarro represented both Shotti and Crippy in the past.
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Despite Crippy and Shotti's attempt to have Lazzaro removed, 6ix9ine also sent a letter to the judge petitioning to keep the lawyer on board for his case. 6ix9ine has a deadline of March to file an official opposition to the removal of Lazzaro.
Lazzaro has previously denied that there's any conflict of interest but that's caused concern for the judge. Prosecutors have noted the time overlap between the time Lazzaro represented Shotti and Crippy and representing 6ix9ine.
Crippy and Shotti expressed concern with Lazzaro representing 6ix9ine due to the fact that the lawyer would be able to use "privileged information" against them in order to keep Tekashi 6ix9ine out of prison.
The rapper is currently aiming to keep Lazzaro on the case as he attempts to have his sentence reduced significantly. For the time being, Lazzaro isn't allowed to work on this case until the court comes to a conclusion.
As previously reported, the rapper copped a guilty plea for all nine counts and agreed to fully cooperate with authorities for a lighter sentence.