Coke: Won't 'concede to charges' or 'time of day', lawyer says
Coke wore gray prison garb and blue and white canvas Keds, he sat un-cuffed and turned around to nod at spectators who later identified themselves as family, then quietly turned around and briefly spoke to his court appointed lawyer Russell T. Neufeld.
The Tivoli Gardens strongman spoke three times in a soft voice and when asked by Judge Patterson if his plea was not guilty he rose and said “yes sir” in the respectful tone that Jamaicans are taught from an early age.
Patterson remanded Coke into custody however Frank Doddato, a lawyer who said he would assume representation for Coke is seeking bail.
“There’s not gonna be any leeway for any compromise here. I’m not conceding anything here. I’m not conceding the time of day,” Doddato told reporters after the presentment. He’s expected to visit his client at Metropolitan Correctional Facility, Sunday.
Authorities on Jamaica’s Nelson Mandela Highway in the outskirts of Kingston arrested Coke, 42, on the ending a five-week manhunt for the notorious fugitive that started with raids that killed children and innocent civilians in the nation’s capital.
Coke waived his right to contest extradition during a court appearance in Kingston vowing to supporters he was leaving with a heavy heart and would be vindicated and allowed to return to his homeland as a free man.
Taino Jackson, Coke’s cousin said “people have their opinions but the truth is itwill come into light.”
Prosecutors say Coke’s undoubtedly the leader of the “Shower Posse”, which murdered scores of citizens in the 1980 cocaine wars.
"As charged in the indictment pending against Coke in Manhattan federal court, drugs and guns were the bread and butter of Coke's 'Shower Posse.' We are relieved that Coke's arrest and transfer to New York was not marked by the violence that had gripped the streets of Jamaica for so many days," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara.
If convicted Coke would spend the rest of his life in federal prison.
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