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Rap News Network
3/1/2005 11:22:37 AM
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A jury was finally chosen Monday to hear conspiracy and perjury charges facing rapper Lil' Kim.
In a selection process that began last week, many prospective jurors were eliminated because of what presiding U.S. District Judge Gerald Lynch called "significant negative stereotypes" about rap music. By midafternoon, a jury of five women and seven men was selected that provided a cross section of New Yorkers, including a nursing assistant, a post office window clerk and a freelance writer.
The newly seated Lil' Kim jury has bee restricted from buying any of the rapper’s CDs or listening to radio station HOT 97 during her perjury trial.
But that doesn't mean jurors won't hear her songs. Lynch said prosecutors could play snippets from two Lil' Kim CDs and one of her videos for the jury of seven men and five women.
The first witnesses will be called today after both sides deliver opening statements.
Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, allegedly lied in 2003 when she said her ex-manager, Damion (D-Roc) Butler, was not at HOT 97 the day of the shooting and denied knowing Suif (Gutta) Jackson. Both have admitted they were at the radio station.
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