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Bobby Shmurda's latest bail appeal denied

Bobby Shmurda's lawyer has failed in his latest bid to lower the imprisoned rapper's $2 million bail.

The hip-hop newcomer, real name Ackquille Pollard, has been locked up at a New York correctional facility since December, 2014, following his arrest during a police sting operation in Manhattan.


He was charged with counts for conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and more, and his legal team has been trying to have his bond reduced ever since.


Shmurda's lawyer, Alex Spiro, returned to court on Tuesday (19Jan16) for another appeal hearing, but his efforts were shot down for the seventh time by Judge Abraham Clott.


Judge Clott told Spiro he sees "no substantive change" in Shmurda and is "satisfied that the case is extraordinarily serious", reports TheFader.com.


Shmurda had previously rejected a plea deal to serve eight years in prison in June (15), and now he and 14 members of his entourage are due to stand trial next month (Feb16). If convicted, the 21-year-old faces up to 25 years behind bars.


The news emerges a month after controversial pharmaceutical mogul Martin Shkreli, who paid millions at auction for Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, claimed he was working out a deal to cover the rapper's bail and set him free.


However, the former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO's plans fell apart after FBI officials arrested him on suspicion of securities fraud on 17 December (15) and froze his assets. Shkreli was subsequently freed on $5 million bail.