Nima Momeni—the gentleman accused of killing Money App founder Bob Lee in Downtown San Francisco—has new legal professionals with movie star connections following his initial lawyer Paula Canny withdrew from the case Tuesday.
Canny reported a conflict of curiosity was to blame for her withdrawal from the significant-profile murder situation that made global headlines and became a incredibly hot-button difficulty in the discussion about San Francisco’s perceived crime issues.
Momeni’s new attorneys are Florida-dependent Bradford Cohen and Saam Zangeneh, who have built names for by themselves defending rappers in prison circumstances.
Cohen appeared on NBC’s The Apprentice during its second season in 2004 and was “fired” by Donald Trump, who hosted the clearly show extended prior to he went on to turn out to be president. Cohen is mentioned to have maintained a connection with Trump all through his presidency, profitable rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black a reprieve from firearms charges in which they both of those confronted probable jail time, experiences the Miami Herald.
Wayne, whose serious title is Dwayne Michael Carter, pleaded responsible in December 2020 to getting a convicted felon in possession of a gold-plated handgun through a trip to Miami. The “Lollipop” rapper likely faced several years in jail for the offense. Black was serving less than 4 yrs for lying about his criminal history on a history check out to buy firearms at a local gun shop.
Cohen was equipped to lobby then-President Trump to help both of those South Floridians out with their authorized woes. Wayne was granted clemency by Trump—a presidential pardon in layman’s terms—while Black observed his sentence cut small by the fact-Tv-star-turned-U.S.-president.
Cohen was not current at Momeni’s Tuesday listening to in San Francisco Remarkable Courtroom, and neither was Zangeneh, who said in a phone job interview with The Typical that he could not speak about the circumstance simply because he is yet to review the documents and grasp the specifics. Zangeneh referred to Cohen as “the celeb guy” Tuesday. Momeni’s future courtroom overall look is set for June 13. Cohen did not respond to requests for comment by publication time.
Zangeneh is not accredited to exercise regulation in California. Attorneys who are not accredited in the State of California but are licensed in another condition can ask for to represent a defendant in a one circumstance these as Momeni’s.
Zangeneh’s Instagram profile describes him as a criminal defense lawyer with workplaces in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Defending clientele in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 100% Persian.”
Momeni is an immigrant from Iran.
Momeni was arrested at his Emeryville loft nine times just after Lee’s April 4 stabbing and remains in custody. In a court docket overall look earlier in Could, Momeni pleaded not responsible.
Prosecutors explained Lee and Momeni, an IT marketing consultant, argued about Momeni’s sister, Khazar, several hours in advance of the pair drove to a locale near Primary and Harrison streets, wherever prosecutors allege Lee was stabbed with a kitchen area knife.
Canny is a very well-regarded Bay Place defense legal professional who represented Barry Bonds’ teaching partner, Greg Anderson, when he refused to testify from the baseball participant in a scenario relevant to efficiency-boosting medication. Canny also represented the spouse of former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi in his domestic violence scenario.