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Old 03-17-2005, 06:05 PM  
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20 years for not being a snitch, wonderful.

Funny thing is they can't prove she ever saw anything and they are still sending her down the road for 20. Our legal system has become a joke.

Rapper Lil' Kim Convicted of Perjury


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Mar 17, 6:39 PM (ET)

By LARRY NEUMEISTER

(AP) Lil' Kim whose real name is Kimberly Jones enters Manhattan federal court, Thursday, March 17,...
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NEW YORK (AP) - Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends who were involved in a shootout outside a radio station.

Lil' Kim and her assistant were both convicted of perjury and conspiracy but acquitted of obstruction of justice. Kim faces up to 20 years in prison - five years each for three perjury counts and one count of conspiracy - at her June 24 sentencing.

The former sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G., known for her revealing outfits and raunchy raps, testified that she didn't notice two close friends at the scene of the 2001 gun battle - her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif "Gutta" Jackson. Both men have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.

The jury saw radio station security photos showing Butler opening a door for Lil' Kim. And witnesses Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, who once made hit records with Lil' Kim in the group Junior M.A.F.I.A, testified that Butler and Jackson were at the station with her.


Both defendants shook their heads as the verdicts were delivered. Lil' Kim's supporters broke out in sobs. While many rappers have gone to prison, Lil' Kim, 29, would be the first big-name female to do time.

Asked outside court whether she had any comment, Lil' Kim, wearing a beige pants suit and a pink jacket, shook her head and said no. "We love you," a bystander shouted.

"Atlantic Records remains completely supportive of Lil' Kim, one of hip-hop's most talented artists," her label in a statement. She has an album scheduled for release later this year.

The shootout occurred outside WQHT, a.k.a. Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. Kim's entourage confronted them about the song "Bang, Bang" from a Capone-N-Noreaga album, which contained a scathing dis to Kim from her longtime rival, Foxy Brown. A shootout erupted, leaving one man injured and more than two dozen rounds fired.

The shooting took place outside the same station where the posses of 50 Cent and The Game traded bullets last week. No arrests have been made in that shooting, which left one of Game's henchmen wounded in the leg.


(AP) Rap star Lil' Kim, center, accompanied by her attorney Mel Sachs, arrives at federal court as jury...
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy Seibel told jurors that the 4-foot-11 Lil' Kim, born Kimberly Jones, had repeatedly lied to them, just as she did to the grand jury. The prosecutor belittled the defense claim that the sunglasses-wearing Lil' Kim didn't notice her two close friends at the scene of the crime.

"You would have to believe they were magic sunglasses that only block out your friends who were shooting people," Seibel told the jury.

Defense lawyer Mel Sachs argued that Lil' Kim had no reason to protect Butler and Jackson because she had already eliminated them from her life.

Lil' Kim testified that after the shooting she had a falling out with Butler, Banger and Cease because they were freeloading at her New Jersey town house. She said she decided to cut off Butler completely after he caused a ruckus outside a video shoot with Phil Collins.

"I was just fed up," she said on the stand. "They were taking advantage of me."

The rapper also testified at length about her modest background and mercurial career, which began with an impromptu performance for B.I.G. on the street in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

As B.I.G. became a superstar, Lil' Kim became "Queen Bee," the oversexed gangsta girl in his otherwise all-male clique. Her first album, 1996's "Hard Core," lived up to its title with its sexually explicit lyrics - and became a big hit, thanks to songs like "Crush On You" and others with unmentionable titles.

Lil' Kim developed into one of the few female rappers with a commercially viable career. As plastic surgery slowly transformed her from cute around-the-way girl to glam, top-heavy pinup, she morphed into a sexy fashionista who, for some, exemplified female empowerment.

Her bigger-than-rap status was cemented in 1999 when, while presenting an MTV award wearing a pasty over one exposed breast, co-presenter Diana Ross jiggled Kim's bare flesh.

She won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade." Now she's probably headed to prison, adding a chapter to a remarkable life that already has produced an accredited Syracuse University course titled "The Life and Times of Lil' Kim."
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Old 03-17-2005, 11:57 PM   #31
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I'd be content with a constitutional convention. I think all that would happen if we had a civil war is that China would come in and pick up the pieces. And as much as I like Chinese food....
Well, I don't think we'd actually fight a civil war. But, I think that the partisanship in government could potentially reach a point where absolutely nothing is accomplished in D.C. and the government collapses. I dunno. I think our system has gotten entirely too big for its britches. We have to get something done or we could be in for a world of shit.
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I do. I bitch about it all the damn time. We have so many ****ing laws in this country that 20 lawyers couldn't combine to learn them all in a lifetime. The best thing that could happen to the US is another civil war and a fresh slate. I'm not kidding.
Here's a kicker, I have heard it all now. California wants to push through a bunch of new legislation on the use of sun tanning beds.

WTF is that? As a country we are killing ourselves with food, it's the number one killer. Nobody wants to regulate a bunch of fat ass pigs shoveling shit down their traps though that would insensitive and definately not PC. No lets concentrate on things that are beyond ridiculous like a couple morons blaming athlete's for influencing their kids to take them so they end up commiting suicide. Did it ever occur to anyone that these idiots were wacked long before they took steroids. I have know a ton of people that have taken roids and not one of them ever said they experienced depression ever.

Now tanning beds good god. We better get on that right away. Who knows how many helpless kids are out there unknowingly commiting suicide under the lights. There doing this all for the kids naturally.
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