Prosecutors issued a protective order for evidence in Tekashi 6ix9ine's case.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently sitting behind bars while his album DUMMY BOY continues to do numbers on the charts. The rapper could be sitting in jail for life if he's convicted. It feels like there's new information about his case that surfaces every day. The latest development in his case is the prosecutor's decision to keep certain pieces of evidence away from the public.
Complex reports that the prosecutor in 6ix9ine's case filed documents to keep certain evidence secret by issuing a protective order. Judge Paul Engelmayer approved the protective order which was issued on Tuesday (Dec. 11). The order reveals four negative effects of having certain pieces of evidence available for the public. For one, it could "affect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals" -- likely a reference to the informant. Secondly, they said that it would ruin the government's investigation of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, saying if the information is leaked, it "would impede...the Government’s ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals.” The third reason is that additional media surrounding the evidence could have caused a bias among potential jurors. Lastly, the defendants themselves aren't given permission to make this information public.
If either of the parties violates this rule, they could be hit with a heavy fine, lawyers could be disbarred, or held in contempt of court.
The order means that solely the lawyers and defendants are allowed to look over the evidence, but they can't share it or copy it. Once the trial is completed, the evidence must be given back to the government or destroyed.