MEDIA FINALLY TUNES IN TO RAP ARTIST WITH WHO FACES LIFE IN PRISON FOR ALBUM LYRICS

MEDIA FINALLY TUNES IN TO RAP ARTIST WITH WHO FACES LIFE IN PRISON FOR ALBUM LYRICS

Published: January 23, 2015
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/01/media-tunes-in-to-rap-artist-with-who-faces-life-in-prison-for-album/

We reported on his story months ago, but now the mainstream media is finally beginning to tune in.

“I feel like they’re trying to eradicate black men,” rap artist “Tiny Doo” said in an interview with CCN.

The San Diego-based rapper, whose real name is Brandon Duncan, faces 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted under a little-known California statute.

Duncan faces nine counts of criminal street gang conspiracy. Prosecutors say that even though they know he never committed any crime himself, he “increased his stature and respect” after a rash of shootings in the city in 2013. They aren’t blaming his lyrics for the shootings, they are saying he made CD sales due to the fact that gang violence was up. That, in and of itself – prosecutors claim – is a crime.

CNN Legal Analyst Mark Geragos says that there is no question that this is all about the district attorney trying to send the message “that you shouldn’t glorify or glamorize gang activity.”

“The problem is you’re going to run straight head-on into the First Amendment,” he added though. “If they don’t have anything other than the album, this case I don’t think would ever stand up.”

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