Kevron Evans is currently sitting in jail after a raid of his East Baltimore home turned up 160 heroin gel caps, according to police. The Baltimore Sun reports that to get the warrant, Det. Daniel Hersl described YouTube music videos that feature Evans rapping as Young Moose and include Evans and others carrying guns. Hersl also included a reference to Young Moose’s lyrics which, the detective wrote, are “about distributing narcotics, violence and using a firearm to commit violence.” Sounds like a lot of rap lyrics I know.
Rap lyrics are increasingly being used in criminal prosecutions across the country, and it’s a contentious issue everywhere. In 2003, lyrics were used to prosecute Ronell Wilson, who was found guilty of murdering two undercover detectives. Whereas, in August, Vonte Skinner saw his attempted murder conviction overturned by the New Jersey Supreme Court because the court found that Skinner’s rap lyrics should never have been used in the trial, as they constituted “highly prejudicial evidence.”
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