Kodak Black’s lawyer believes his ‘low-income’ upbringing caused poor decisions

Kodak Black at WGCI’s Big Jam in Chicago – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Kodak Black was back in court on May 23 as his lawyer attempted to convince a judge to release the rapper on a $500K bond. The embattled rapper’s legal team attempted to blame his poor decisions on his upbringing in low-income apartments.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Kodak Black’s lawyers wrote, “Kodak grew up in Golden Acres, a small, barracks-like cluster of public housing originally built in the late 1940s to house farm workers [which] spans just over 80 acres and over 170 units [and similar to other ‘low-income housing tracts,’ it came with crime and drugs].”

Kodak also claimed that he never used illegal drugs because he has a valid license to use cannabis.

A judge has yet to decide if Kodak will be granted a bond.

Kodak was arrested by the FBI last week while at the Rolling Loud festival on weapons charges.

Since his arrest, Black has had issues receiving a bond from the judge, according to TMZ. Federal prosecutors argue that Kodak cannot be trusted on the streets while he awaits trial. They cite his criminal history, which includes weapons charges, an armed carjacking and robbery in 2012 before his career took off, as well as the alleged sexual assault of a high school student.

Kodak’s lawyer argues that his latest charges are nonviolent offenses and that he would be more beneficial out of jail. On May 3, 2019, the rapper donated $12,000 to underprivileged kids in South Florida for the purposes of education.

A.R. Shaw
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