Judge Jeffrey Fraser denied San Diego rapper Brandon “Tiny Mad Hatter” Price, in his Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, which challenged the legality of his prosecution.
Price was convicted in the 2001 shooting death of Anthony Newsome. Newsome and Price were passengers in two cars loaded with young men when gunfire erupted. The jury did not believe Price pulled the trigger, but convicted him for playing a part in the crime. He was also convicted in a robbery and shooting at Mr. D’s Liquor store.
Price and his defense team presented evidence they claimed showed prosecutorial misconduct, from the use of serial snitches, to coercing witnesses.