Belmopan, Belize 19 October (Belizean.com) The fate of Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow who faces deportation to his homeland Belize after serving eight years in prison for his role in a New York City shooting, rests in the hands of Charles Ogletree - Harvard law professor and President Obama insider. Professor Ogletree is an associate of Harvard Professor Henry Gates of President Obama's famed beer fest.
Shyne's uncle in Belize Michael Finnegan who is a member of parliament and the cabinet controlled by Shyne's father Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media this weekend that:
"All the lawyers who were dealing with his immigration problems, they are totally off the case now.
"The matter is placed squarely in the hands of Professor Ogletree. All legal options or legal directions or whatever the case may be in terms of legal movements, these are now in the hands of Professor Ogletree.
"He has stepped in totally, he was given permission to deal with the situation in all its aspects. Jamaal's father who is the Prime Minister is one of the best attorneys in this country and I would want to believe he has total confidence in Ogletree, and I believe the family knows what it is doing."
Shyne's estranged father, the Prime Minister of Belize had earlier this week revealed that on the advice of Charles Ogletree, he, Barrow, had written a letter to New York Governor David Paterson asking for a pardon for his son so that Shyne would be able to remain in the U.S.A. despite current U.S. rules that convicted felons be deported to their homeland at the end of their sentence.
Mr. Michael Finnegan has reiterated that the family in Belize has a backup plan should Shyne be sent back to Belize:
"But as I have said to you before, we are optimistic but if worse comes to worse, we are doing all preparations at my home, to have him be there. All the accommodations and construction is taking place to accommodate him if he has to come home.
"If he has to land here and stay for a little while, it will not be long before he uses Europe to work out from. He will go and live in a European country."
The New York State Department of Corrections records show that Jamal Barrow was released from the Woodbourne Correctional Facility on Oct. 6th on parole but his release was subject to immigration review.
Barrow, on his FaceBook page, says he was born in Belize, Central America, to "Dean Barrow, a Belizean African-descent politician (elected as Belizean Prime Minister on February 8, 2008) and a Belize-Garifuna mother Imeon Myvett."
As a child, he was reportedly spurned by his father due to his illegitimacy and mixed ethnicity. Jamal Barrow relocated with his mother to Flatbush, in Brooklyn, New York City at about age 13. He began to sell drugs at a young age and became involved with a variety of dangerous people. He never acquired U.S. nationality.
He was shot by a Tec 9 submachine gun when he was 15.
In 1998, while Shyne was freestyling in a barbershop, one of hip-hop`s most respected producers, Clark Kent noticed something unique and took him to the Bad Boy studios where producer Sean "Diddy" Combs signed him on the spot.
Reports indicate that Shyne received millions of dollars, three cars of his choice and two homes just for signing. The contract also featured more money and a 5-album deal.
Soon after, Shyne was making his appearances on fellow Bad Boy`s hits and was featured on a remix of Total`s `Sittin At Home` track and on Mase`s second album Double Up on the track entitled `From Scratch.` In that same year he starred on P Diddy`s Forever album (Reverse) as well as on a remix of P.E. 2000.
On December 27, 1999, Shyne, along with Sean "P Diddy" Combs and girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, were involved in a high-profile shooting which left three people injured at the now defunct New York Club in Manhattan.
Shyne was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the incident. Today Shyne Barrow faces a $130 million civil lawsuit from the shooting victims - part of the strategy Professor Ogletree is alleged to be following in his quest to have his client remain in the U.S.A. Copyright 2009