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April 18, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Inmate writes Brooklyn judge about release of his song

May 27, 2018
Inmate John Star (l.) is seen with the cover of his new single “African Girl.” He is currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania, having admitted in 2015 to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, as well as bail jumping. (FBI, YouTube)

This singer’s shows are going to be cell outs.

Inmate John Star recently wrote the Brooklyn federal judge who put Star away for eight years to reveal some big news – his new single dropped.




The aptly-named Star said he wanted to share with Judge I. Leo Glasser “a new development in my life in that my record company have released my music single.”

He listed websites where Glasser could be the judge of his tune, “African Girl.”

The plug was serious business, Star insisted in the letter filed Tuesday.

While he was doing his time for a mortgage fraud scheme, Star “vowed to remain transparent and to notify the court and the United States Government of any change of circumstance in my life.”

Star wrote to Brooklyn federal Judge Leo Glasser, who sentenced him to eight years, about the song.
Star wrote to Brooklyn federal Judge Leo Glasser, who sentenced him to eight years, about the song. (Jesse Ward for New York Daily News)

When inmates write judges, it’s usually about fighting their case or looking for leniency on an upcoming sentence.

But the 47-year-old onetime real estate broker and investor styled himself as a jailhouse marketer instead of a jailhouse lawyer.

Glasser, 94, is the judge who presided over the 1992 trial of infamous Gambino crime family boss John Gotti and heard the “oddfather” Vincent (Chin) Gigante give up his crazy act in a 2003 guilty plea. The vaunted jurist and WWII vet was also Brooklyn Law School’s dean before that.

The nonagenarian judge is no nonsense but he also has a big heart, observers say.

The Daily News asked Glasser if he’d give Star’s song a listen.

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“I might,” the judge said after wrapping up his case calendar earlier this week.

Glasser wasn’t interested in further discussing the matter and didn’t respond to a question about his musical preferences.

The 2:50 midtempo pop song started with the Nigerian-born Star singing over the phone, according to B Rhymszs, a Nigerian artist and sound engineer who produced the tune.

The Lagos-based B Rhymszs, whose name is Adeshina Moshood, got Star’s acapella recording from a friend about three years ago and built the song around that, he told the News in an email.

“Musically, I can say he is a huge talent and has great passion for music,” Moshood said in an email.




Star is incarcerated in Pennsylvania. He admitted in 2015 to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and bail jumping.




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