(via New York Daily News) Rapper Lil' Kim's ex-boyfriend is one step closer to facing the death penalty after a Brooklyn federal judge authorized the feds to forcibly medicate the delusional drug kingpin in an effor to make him competent to stand trial for six murders.
Damion "World" Hardy's lawyer said Thursday that he would appeal the decision without consulting his client who suffers from schizophrenia and is jailed at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
"The appeal (in this particular case) is a lawyer's decision, not a defendant's," said lawyer David Ruhnke. Federal Judge Frederic Block sided with prosecutors who have been trying for more than three years to make Hardy well by administering powerful anti-psychotic drugs despite the potential health risks associated with the meds.
"There is an important government interest in proceeding to trial against Hardy and seeking justice for the six murders," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam stated in court papers. Hardy, 37, was the leader of a violent drug organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant called Cash Money Brothers named after Wesley Snipes' crew in the film "New Jack City." He was arrested in 2004.
Hardy is under the delusion that he is some kind of Messiah and refers to himself Isa Ibn Jibril, according to court papers. Last month he wrote a letter to Block claiming that a legal newspaper had published an order for his release and informed the judge that he had authorized the city comptroller's office to pay the court $3.5 million.
Four of the murders were allegedly ordered by Hardy in retaliation for the killing of his brother by drug rival Ivery Davis. He also is charged with participating in the slaying of a worker who through him out of a Brooklyn roller rink and in the death of Swedish filmmaker Johan Comitz, who was an innocent bystander in the Davis hit.
Hardy faces death by lethal injection if convicted of ordering Davis' murder outside a Manhattan nightclub.
Since 2006, Hardy has belted a guard with a sock full of batteries, stabbed an inmate in the head with a sharpened comb, frequently thrown an "unknown liquid substance" at staff members and battled with guards trying to subdue him. Last November guards found a tube of toothpaste in his cell which had been emptied and re-filled with feces and urine, prosecutors alleged in court papers.
The former drug thug also has been a terror behind bars which was, in part, a basis for the governent's motion to medicate him.