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Rap Goes to Court: When Lyrics Become Evidence In a Trial (The Root, April 8, 2014)

This week the Supreme Court of New Jersey is scheduled to hear final arguments in State v. Skinner, a case that could have a far-reaching impact on the criminal justice system.

The case reflects an alarming new trend in which lyrics by amateur rappers are used against them as evidence in criminal prosecutions.

Vonte Skinner, an admitted drug dealer and wannabe rapper, was arrested after a 2005 shooting and was found guilty in 2008 of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison, largely on the basis of rap lyrics composed prior to the 2005 incident.

Here’s a sample from the 13 pages of lyrics in question, which were found by police in his girlfriend’s car and used as evidence of Skinner’s motive and tendency toward violence:  CLICK Here to read More

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4.14.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, John Hockenberry, All Revved Up, Unplugging From Work, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera”

4.8.2014 – Emmett’s article on The Root: Rap Goes to Court: When Lyrics Become Evidence In a Trial”

4.7.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, ER Doc on Marathon, Three-Year College, All Revved Up, Asia Runs on Dunkin”

3.31.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, MBTA’s Late Night Service, All Revved Up, Simon Schama”

3.24.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, Fighting Domestic Abuse In The Justice System, All Revved Up, Vern Laux”

3.17.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, AG Martha Coakley, All Revved Up, Presidents and TV”

3.10.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, Late-Night Boston, All Revved Up, Bullying and Coaching, Food Labels”

3.3.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s “BPR: Politics, All Revved Up, St. Patrick’s Parade, Oscars Wrap-Up”

2.28.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s Basic Black: “Basic Black After the Broadcast: Redefining Black History For The Future”

2.28.2014 – Emmett on WGBH’s Basic Black: “Black History Icons – Respected, Revered, and …Repackaged?”

2.24.2014 – Emmett on BPR’s segment “Politics, Casinos, All Revved Up, FRONTLINE, Books vs. Audio Books”

2.17.2014 – Emmett on BPR’s segment “Commissioner William Evans, Politics, Staycations, All Revved Up, TV Bob Thompson”

2.10.2014 – Emmett on BPR’s segment “Politics, Michael Sam, All Revved Up, Napping At Work, Sci-Fi Film Fest”

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Basic Black – “The Black Church, Hip Hop and Gay Marriage”

Book Tries to Bridge Black Church and Hip Hop

Basic Black – “Uncle Tom in the 21st Century”

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