The documents, dated Oct. 20 and viewed by Complex, see Shotti—who was sentenced in 2019 to 15 years behind bars as part of a widely publicized federal racketeering case—citing the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) in a U.S. Court of Appeals motion for the appointment of legal counsel to “aid in presenting issues” to the court and for the court to vacate all charges “and the fatally defective superseding information.”
The CJA, it’s worth noting here, isn’t exclusive to New York State and is actually available to cite in all federal cases. In short, the CJA makes it possible for those “financially unable” to retain counsel to have counsel appointed to them. Here’s more, straight from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts:
“The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an accused the right to representation by counsel in serious criminal prosecutions. Enacted in 1964, the CJA establishes a comprehensive system for appointing and compensating legal representation for accused persons who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings.”
New documents viewed by Complex show that Shotti’s request was granted a day later on Thursday, Oct. 21 Jamesa J. Drake of Drake Law, LLC has been assigned as Shotti’s counsel.