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Rap lyrics can't be used against artist charged with killing Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, judge rules

Rap lyrics can't be used against artist charged with killing Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, judge rules

The man accused of killing Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay can’t have his rap lyrics used against him at trial, a Brooklyn judge decided Tuesday in a ruling that doubled as a history-filled paean to hip-hop as “a platform for expression to many who had largely been voiceless.”The ruling came in response to an attempt by federal prosecutors to introduce lyrics penned by Karl Jordan Jr. as evidence of his role in gunning down Jay, a pioneering artist whose birth name was Jason Mizell. His 2002 death remains one of rap’s most infamous slayings. In her 14-page order, Brooklyn Federal Judge LaShann...

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