Should A Rappers Violent Videos Be Used As Evidence Against Him ? [POLL]
A rapper from Brooklyn’s Gowanus Houses Ra Digga had his lawyer argue that his rap alias should not be considered during his murder trial, the New York Daily News reports.
Ronald Herron (pictured) has described his “Ra Diggs” rap persona as a “fictional gangsta rap character.” One much “like … Johnny Cash who tells us he ‘shot a man in Reno just to watch him die,’ or Bob Marley who claims he shot the sheriff, but not the deputy – [song lyrics] cannot fairly be construed to mean the words express admissions of personal conduct, acts or even the author’s true beliefs,” said Robert Soloway, Herron’s lawyer.
Federal prosecutors claim Herron’s music videos are proof he led a dangerous drug crew from the housing projects. They have cited “Slow Down,” a song Herron made where he claims he “beat a body” and “went head to head with [ex-Brooklyn District Attorney] Charles Hynes office and never lost.”
Should the prosecution be able to use this as evidence ? I don't think so, everyone knows that rappers…. lie/embellish their lyrics on songs. There would be a lot more cases of people going to jail for embellishing on rap songs. This guy is already in prison for selling drugs. What is the point of adding more time on his lengthy sentence because of some rap lyrics ?