American attorney Eric Himpton Holder Jr. was the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. Holder was born on January 21, 1951. Holder, who worked in President Barack Obama’s administration, was the first African American to serve as attorney general of the United States.
In the 2019 slaying of Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle, a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday (July 6) found Eric Ronald Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder.
Eric R Holder Jr has been found guilty of first-degree murder over the 2019 shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle https://t.co/4ouWVJlhJc
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After a trial that lasted several weeks, the jury concurred with the prosecution that the shooting in March 2019 at a Los Angeles strip mall was a deliberate murder. Holder acknowledged shooting the rapper, but his lawyers claimed that he had only committed manslaughter because of the “hot passion” with which he had acted.
Two individuals who had known each other for a long time got into a fight outside of Hussle’s clothes store, The Marathon, in South Central Los Angeles, which led to the shooting. Holder allegedly returned with two handguns after being accused of being a “snitch” and shot Hussle more than ten times, according to the prosecution.
Due to suspect vocals, three Michael Jackson songs were taken down from streaming services. On September 15, Holder will return to court for sentencing, where he might receive a life sentence. Additionally, his lawyers will file an appeal against the judgment, which might take months or years.
Hussle was described as “a cherished member of our community” who had “utilized his platform to advocate for gang violence prevention and to guarantee we construct vibrant communities” by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón in a statement on Wednesday.
In order to create a brighter future, Gascón stated, “we secured accountability for the loss of his life today and will continue to work with so many others to attain that.” “We know there is no way to restore what was taken from his family, friends, and supporters who loved him, but we trust this verdict will bring them closer to finding peace,” the statement read.
Hussle, whose true name was Ermias Asghedom, first gained notoriety through mixtapes before releasing his first album on a big label in 2018 to both critical and commercial acclaim. Just before he passed away, that record was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, and Hussle received two posthumous honors at the 62nd Grammy Awards.
In addition to finding Holder guilty of first-degree murder, the jury also found him responsible for two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter for two other men who were shot during the shooting. In relation to those two shootings, the prosecution sought the more serious allegation of attempted murder; however, the jury declined to find the defendant guilty on those charges.
The public attorney who defended Holder, Aaron Jansen, told Billboard on Wednesday that he was “very upset” with the first-degree murder verdict: “Given the high profile circumstances surrounding the case, it was always going to be a challenging case.” We appreciate that the jury partially agreed with us that the accusations in the case were excessive and cleared Mr. Holder, Jr. of both attempted murder charges.
Holder made the decision to leave his position as attorney general public in September 2014. In April 2015, Loretta Lynch succeeded him. Despite continuing to be active in politics and returning to private practice, later on, Holder was particularly well known for his opposition to gerrymandering. He assumed leadership of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in 2017.
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