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Today starts the trial of Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron. The reputed gang leader allegedly ran a crew of drug dealers out of Gowanus projects in Brooklyn New York is on trial for drug charges and murder. He faces life if he is convicted.

One of the key pieces of evidence that the prosecution is trying to use to convict Diggs are his own tweets. Social media is thought to be a sacred ground where what you say is protected as free speech. As absurd as it sounds, using social media as a way to incriminate somebody is not a new thought.

This case was always interesting to me because of their use of social media to attempt to prove that he had something to do with a crime. How can you determine that someone was complicit or the initiator of a crime without them coming out and saying, “I did this.” Anything else should be considered just conversation. That’s how I feel. It seems like lawyers feel different.

A story posted on the Americanbar.org tackles the issue head on.

In the piece, it says “Twitter describes itself as “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting.”

More importantly, Twitter users communicate using “tweets,” 140-character bursts of information. For litigators, these tweets can be a gold mine, a minefield or a wild collection of information missing an index. The key, of course, is effectively mining tweets to find the important nuggets.

The piece speaks on how tweets can be a “gold mine” for lawyers. In the story they list ways to search a persons twitter stream and justification for why tweets can be used in a prosecution. You can read their full piece here

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Reuters

While Diggs story might seem like something new, it’s not. The more I search the net, the more I find stories where tweets are being used to put a defendants back against the wall.

Tweets were provided as evidence is a case against Occupy Wallstreet protestors. The police were contending that the protestors knew they were supposed to move that their twitter timelines would prove it. The protestors believed that it was against the law. The protestors were found to be in the wrong and their tweets were allowed to be used against them.

There is a fine line we have to walk today when it comes to what you post online. While it seems like what you say on your page should be private and subject to free speech, the more lawyers and judges are getting adjusted to social media, the more they’re deciding that’s not the case.

How will this effect how and what rappers post online? Only time will tell. I think it sets an interesting precedent and should be used as a model that publicists, managers and label heads give to their clients as to what to do and not do online.

With so many people watching what you say nowadays, you’d be better to take a page from Ice T and remember that it’s “freedom of speech, just watch what you say.”

We’ll be covering Ra Diggs and his case and how tweets and social media will play in it as it goes.

 

 

 

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Dancehall star Vybz Kartel was been sentenced to life in jail, reports BBC Radio 1.

Earlier this month, he and three associates were found guilty of murdering a man named Clive “Lizard” Williams, who was killed after a dispute with the men over illegal handguns.

A key piece of evidence was a text allegedly sent from Kartel’s phone, which claimed Williams’ body had been cut up in so many pieces it would never be found. The New York Times reported that the word “mincemeat” was used.

Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years.

Source: Gawker

Booking mug handout of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica

James “Whitey” Bulger will be sentenced Thursday for his role in 11 murders. The Boston mobster was arrested just over two years ago in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. In court, he faced the families of his victims. They used words like “rat,” “punk” and “coward” to describe him.

CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman told the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts that “theoretically” the impact statements of the victims’ families should not affect how much time Bulger will spend in prison. She explained that, because of sentencing guidelines, the judge will sentence Bulger later Thursday to “life, perhaps from an after-life, plus five years.”

“The statements of the families were really a catharsis for them, and they were powerful and emotional, indeed,” she said. “There were moments in the courtroom, as well as in the media room, where people took a breath, that they cried. That they heard from people like Steve Davis, whose death of his sister Debra was not even proven, that they couldn’t find a finding that he had done it.”

One of the major questions in the case was whether Bulger, himself, would take the stand to make a statement. He has not so far, and Klieman told the co-hosts that she thinks he will not speak out.

“One of the people we heard from yesterday was the son of Roger Wheeler, who was a legitimate businessman out of Tulsa, Okla.,” she said, “and when his son got up to speak, as he held a picture – held it up – of his father and wanted to hear so much from Whitey Bulger because Mr. Wheeler holds the FBI and the Department of Justice just as responsible for his father’s death, Whitey Bulger refused to even look at these victims.”

Klieman said that Bulger kept his head down even when one victim’s relative begged the mobster to look at her.

Source: CBS news

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Ya area native and HBK gang affiliate Kool John dropped a 20 track mixtape today called “Peace, Love & Schmoplife.” With heavy production from primarily P-Lo, Iamsu! and Kueya so you can expect some dope tracks on. Download “Peace, Love & Schmoplife” right here.

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