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Supreme Court Deciding If Rap Lyrics Are Evidence

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Irvington, New Jersey (My9NJ) - In 2008, Vonte Skinner was convicted of attempted murder, but there wasn’t a lot of evidence other than 13 pages of lyrics written by the aspiring rapper. The lyrics describe shootings and street life and the judge ruled that the words defined his character even though many were written years before the crime took place.

The conviction was later overturned and now the New Jersey Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether rap lyrics should be allowed as evidence in court cases.

Rapper 'Gat the Great' from Irvington is also an Irvington detective named Maurice Gattison.  Gattison says that rappers are often just telling stories and you can’t take them all so literally.

“Usually the ones that are telling the story and really live the life that they’re saying, you’ll be able to trace it from the neighborhood and you’ll get people that will cosign it, the rest of them is just a creative situation,” Gattison explained.

Gat tison says that if a rapper is dumb enough to put specific evidence in their rap, than that evidence should be allowed in court.



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