Sunday, 24 May 2020

Covid-19: Judge rejects request to release NBA star, Kermit jailed for $1m fraud.

Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington just got the bad news he probably detested before it arrived his table- the judge presiding over his case just rejected his request for early prison release over fears he could catch covid-19.

Recall back in April, the NBA star filed court docs begging the judge for an early release, citing health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington argued he's at a "high risk of death or serious illness from COVID-19" -- noting the "extreme rate of infection" and the number of deaths of inmates in the nationwide prison system
The 68-year-old former NBA All-Star is serving 6 years in prison for running a bogus charity scheme in which he stole around $1 MILLION that was supposed to help starving and HIV positive children in Africa.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, officials decided the risk of catching COVID simply isn't a good enough excuse to justify early release- "The risk of the spread of COVID-19 alone is not enough to constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons for release."
Washington still has a few more years left on his prison term, and he's obviously hoping it doesn't turn into an unintentional death sentence, according to TMZ.