Ashanti stalker, Devar Hurd, wins major legal victory

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Devar Hurd, who has been accused of allegedly stalking R& B artist Ashanti, will finally have his day in court. However, he should remember the warning from Abraham Lincoln, who said “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”

Hurd is going to actually represent himself during his trial. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon, talking in football terms, stated to Hurd; “You’ll be the quarterback. He’s the running back. That’s it.”

Reportedly Hurd then grinned and said, “It’s the Super Bowl.”

Hurd will still have lawyer Glenn Hardy to act as his legal adviser during his trial. Hurd, who has claimed to be a music executive and songwriter, is charged with felony stalking and other related counts. Now because he is acting as his own lawyer, he’ll be able to cross-examine Ashanti on the stand. The same person to whom he sent unwanted highly sexual texts. He even violated court orders as recently as 2013 when he started to send her tweets.

The sanity of Hurd was in question when he stated to the judge, “Currently I’m a songwriter. I do stage and entertainment. I do shows all over the place. I’ve done Rockefeller Center; I’ve done BAM … that’s the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I worked at the Barclays Center, numerous shows and events. That’s what I do. I’m an audio tech.”

Hurd went on to state he became an audio tech after being released from prison. The judge ruled him to be “competent enough to exercise his right to self-representation at his upcoming trial for felony stalking and related counts.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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