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Rap Lyrics on Trial in New Jersey

Posted by: Jason Tate (01/14/14)
Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrin, writing for The New York Times, have published an article that looks at a New Jersey Supreme Court case that will determine if rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.
More than a decade later, this bias appears to persist, leaving rap music as vulnerable as ever to judicial abuse. Although appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maryland have recently reversed convictions after citing prosecutors for their improper use of rap lyrics or videos as evidence, most similar appeals are unsuccessful. Just this summer the Supreme Court of Nevada upheld the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in a first-degree murder case. A definitive ruling by the Supreme Court of New Jersey rejecting this use of rap music could help turn the tide.
    
 
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02:15 PM on 01/14/14
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03:35 PM on 01/14/14
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This is outrageous.
03:48 PM on 01/14/14
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Poetry can be used as evidence? Illuminati brah
05:21 PM on 01/14/14
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"This is not a tape recorder saying that he did it, but ever since that day I've been looking at him different"
06:56 PM on 01/14/14
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rap music should be held as evidence....serious have you heard some rap music??
07:30 PM on 01/14/14
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And listen 'cause the story that I'm telling is true, 'cause I was there with Billy Jacobs and I raped his mom too
10:20 PM on 01/14/14
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"hmmm... whats a way we can arrest more black people?"

Fuckin racists run this country.
11:34 PM on 01/14/14
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"This is not a tape recorder saying that he did it, but ever since that day I've been looking at him different"
omg
05:04 AM on 01/15/14
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And listen 'cause the story that I'm telling is true, 'cause I was there with Billy Jacobs and I raped his mom too
As much as I love Kendrick, I couldn't stand to see his lyrics get quoted and Immortal's go unnoticed.
10:53 AM on 01/16/14
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The only thing I can do is dismiss this and assume that common sense will set the record straight. I'm being optimistic.
01:49 PM on 01/16/14
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rap music should be held as evidence....serious have you heard some rap music??
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