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Blackbluedog

Blackbluedog

A judge ruled Monday that the five men accused of murdering the 47-year-old brother of prominent metro Atlanta Pastor Wiley Jackson will be tried separately.

The trial began Monday with attorneys for five defendants arguing various motions but by the end of the day Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville had severed the cases.

The first of the to be tried for the May 3 ,2012, death of Jerrick Jackson will be 18-year-old Demetrius Morgan. Jury selection is expected to begin Wednesday.

The other four accused of murder are Geno Lewis, now 20; Felton Lovejoy, 19; and Alejandro Pitts and Montravious Bradley, both 18. They are charged with participation in criminal street gang activity, murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment

Jackson and his fiancee were getting out of his Porsche SUV around 1 a.m. when they were approached by several armed men, who ordered them to go inside the Lowe Street house. Police said Jackson was shot multiple times when he tried to stop them from going into an upstairs room where his fiancee’s daughter was.

At the time, police said they believed the five were part of a robbing crew that was preying on people in Atlanta, Decatur and DeKalb County.

Prosecutors said the five took bank debit cards, credit cards and blank checks and that eventually led police to identify when they tried to use some of the cards. Surveillance cameras recorded some of them trying to use the cars.

But it took several months before all five were in custody.

Source: AJC

Chris Brown

Life just got that much more hectic for Chris Brown.

The R&B singer got the word today that his assault trial will be delayed for another few months.

Brown’s trial had been set to start Wednesday, but was delayed after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, reports the AP.

Hollosy was convicted Monday of assault. He had been expected to testify in Brown’s trial and say that he hit 20-year-old Parker Adams outside D.C.’s W Hotel in October.

Hollosy, who would be a key witness in Brown’s case, plans to appeal.

Prosecutors decided not to grant Hollosy immunity because he refused to meet with them to discuss his testimony following his conviction.

On Wednesday, D.C. Superior Court Judge A. Franklin Burgess Jr. scheduled  a status hearing for Brown’s case for June 25, the same day Hollosy is scheduled to be sentenced.

“I think all of this is much ado about nothing and frankly I look forward to being able to try this at some point,” said Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos.

Geragos said the delay could cost another six months, while prosecutors claim it could take a year. No new trial date for Brown has been set.

Brown will now be transported back to California by U.S. Marshals Service.

Hip Hop Enquirer

Hip Hop Enquirer

 

Last year, rapper Vinson Hardimon a.k.a. Young Vito was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated assault and weapon possession during activity that resulted in the death of Mario Hamilton a.k.a Slim Dunkin.

Now the judge on that case is revoking the sentence, stating that the rapper deserves a new trial.

Dennis Byron

Dennis Byron

Slim Dunkin, the protégé of Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, was at the recording studio on December 16th,2011 to attend a video shoot for rapper Gucci Mane. According to the above testimony, the argument that lead to Slim Dunkin’s death began over a piece of candy.

Watch his testimoney, courtesy of Hip Hop Enquirer below

NY Daily Post

NY Daily Post

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

Reuters

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.

 

 

 

NY Daily Post

NY Daily Post

Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron was arrested and charged in a 23-count racketeering indictment. Diggs could go away for life if convicted.

While on the streets, Diggs was considered the boss in the Gowanhas Houses in Brooklyn New York. After raiging supreme over the homes, Diggas was actually brought down thanks to littering.

Herron was stopped after he was seen throwing a gum wrapper out the window of the car he was driving. Officers searched him and realized that he was wearing a bullet proof vest.

“I stopped hundreds of people in my career and he’s first person who was wearing body armor,” Police Officer Carlos Anchundia testified in Brooklyn Federal Court recently.

 

Herron has been tied to 3 murders as well as drug dealing. There is allegedly video evidence of undercover officers buying drugs from members of Herron’s crew.

The prosecution is apparently using testimony from Herron’s former associates, his own rap lyrics from YouTube videos, and his tweets against him. Yes tweets.

Diggas was quickly becoming more known for his rapping ability. According to the New York Post, Herron found his way on the feds’ radar around 2000. He was shot by a drug rival in Gowanus and allegedly ordered his associates to kill the gunman two days later, according to court papers.

Herron rapped these lyrics: “I don’t respect the shooter because he shot me in the legs and two days later he was dead, the little n—–. See, if he was smart he would have shot me in the head because I can get ya shot from my hospital bed.

He beat the murder rap and returned to the streets in 2007. Herron allegedly killed Richard Russo in the elevator of a Gowanus building in 2008 and Victor Zapata in a Wyckoff courtyard in 2009.

If found guilty, he could face life in prison

Source: NY Daily Post 

 

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The trial for James “Henchman” Rosemond begins today. Rosemond is being tried for trying to hire someone to kill an affiliate of 50 Cent Lowell Fletcher. The incident happened in 2009 and reportedly over a dispute with rapper, The Game.

Jurors heard the inside dope on the beef between the hip hop mogul  Rosemond and rapper 50 Cent’s crew G-Unit.

Rosemond — who is serving a life sentence for heading a massive drug enterprise — is accused of hiring thugs to gun down G-Unit associate Lowell Fletcher in 2009. Enzer said the killing was payback for when another G-Unit rapper slapped Rosemond’s 14-year-old son.

Read more here

Source: NY Daily News

 

AJC

An Atlanta woman accused of shooting her ex-fiancé in the back at least 10 times won’t be released on bond, a judge ruled Friday.

Victoria Rickman is charged with felony murder in the Sept. 13 death of William Carter, Jr., in a case that has reflects a dramatic history between the two.

Friday, prosecutors demanded that Rickman not be allowed bond.

“There is no evidence whatsoever that this has anything to do with anything other than Ms. Rickman loading a gun, shooting and killing William Carter, reloading that gun and continuing to shoot Mr. Carter,” DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Zina Gumbs said Friday in court as she asked that bond be denied.

But Rickman’s attorney said, as police reported on the night of the shooting, that his client was raped and she shot him for fear that he’d do it again.

“She had been raped before and he indicated to her that he was coming back for more,” her attorney Harold Buckler said. “This was a lengthy, violent and toxic relationship. Ms. Rickman was a victim of sexual and physical abuse at his hands.”

Indeed, both have been charged in Cobb County for attacking the other, according to arrest warrants acquired by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In May, a warrant was issued for Rickman’s arrest on trespassing and battery and family violence charges because of accusations that she entered Carter’s home and refused to leave, and attacked him, leaving cuts and scratches on his face, neck and arms.

In January 2012, Carter was charged with sexual battery, simple assault/fear and simple battery for allegations that he held her down and groped her without her consent , telling her “I’ll do what I want,” the arrest warrant said.

But Gumbs said Rickman hadn’t been sexually assaulted on the night of Sept. 13, as she claims.

“There’s been no evidence that Ms. Rickman was a victim of anything,” Gumbs said.

She suggested that Rickman would be a danger if released.

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“Ms. Rickman has proven that she can come up on a weapon at any time,” Gumbs said. “In fact, the murder weapon in this case belonged to a Cobb County deputy sheriff.”

That Cobb deputy, Fredrick Price, was terminated last week, according to records from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.

Buckler told the AJC after the hearing that he was anxious to see whether the forthcoming toxicology report on Carter would show evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system.

In court, he continued to characterize his client as a victim, however, and denied allegations that Rickman had made threats to Carter’s family.

“She kept getting beaten, kept getting raped and she kept coming back,” Buckler said. “That’s what led up to the incident in September.”

Dozens of people were in court representing both Carter’s and Rickman’s families and reacted audibly – sobs and gasps – when DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson made her ruling.

“I do believe that Ms. Rickman is a danger to the community,” Johnson said. “So I am denying her bond.”

The investigation continues and a trial date is pending.

Source: AJC

Michael Jackson

The jury verdict is being read.  The jury ruled AEG Live did hire Conrad Murray.  That’s huge.  The jury then ruled Conrad Murray was NOT unfit or incompetent to treat MJ.   Katherine and the kids lose

The jury ruled tha nor AEG or Dr. Conrad Murray were liable for Jackson’s death.

Katherine Jackson leaves the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los Angeles

Katherine Jackson and Michael’s 3 kids are suing AEG, claiming the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray and pushed MJ way beyond the limits for his “This Is It” tour.

AEG is claiming Michael hired Murray and what went on between them was a secret to all … including AEG.

Source: TMZ

Shellie Zimmerman

Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of perjury.

She will be placed on probation for one year and is required to file a letter of apology to Judge Kenneth Lester.

George Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Prosecutors allege Shellie Zimmerman lied when she told a judge during a bail hearing for her husband in April 2012 that the family was indigent. In fact, they argue, George Zimmerman actually had about $135,000 at the time.

Source: CNN

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Sanford Police Capt. James McAuliffe confirmed the hold Thursday. That includes the gun George Zimmerman used to shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, which Zimmerman would otherwise be legally entitled to reclaim.

Zimmerman was acquitted over the weekend of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death last year. Jurors found that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot the teenager. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this week that the Justice Department has an open investigation into the case. The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.

SOURCE: The Grio