Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Should violent rap lyrics be admissible in a criminal trial? New Jersey supremes to decide

Should violent rap lyrics be admissible in a criminal trial? New Jersey supremes to decide.  Using rap lyrics is a racist ploy, and it is outweighed by the risk of unfair prejudice.  Under Rule 403 of the rules of evidence, most states' codes exclude evidence that may have probative value, but that probative value is outweighed by the risk of unfair prejudice.  There must be a logical connection between the evidence presented and the alleged crime otherwise it is left to conjecture.  We shouldn't convict people based on conjecture.  That's not the way our system is set up.

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