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NJ high court to hear arguments in rap lyrics case

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Supreme Court is to hear arguments in the case of a man whose attempted murder conviction was overturned because the trial judge allowed the jury to hear violent rap lyrics he wrote.

Vonte Skinner was convicted of shooting a rival multiple times in 2005, leaving the man partially paralyzed.

During the trial, prosecutors read 13 pages of rap lyrics that were found in the back seat of the car Skinner was driving. The writings, some penned three or four years before the shooting, include a reference to "four slugs drillin' your cheek to blow your face off and leave your brain caved in the street."

An appeals court overturned the guilty verdict, writing that caution must be exercised when allowing prior writings as evidence in a trial.

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