Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Rapper Lil' Kim Gets 366 Days for Perjury


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It is interesting to watch who get sentenced for
what and for how long. There is no consistency. Guilty or innocent those that
don’t take a deal or are not offered one seem to get the longest, harshest
sentences, and lose the most having to pay the stiffest fines.


-Steven G. Erickson aka
Vikingas


By TOM HAYS

NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Lil' Kim escaped a stiff prison sentence Wednesday after telling a judge she was a ``God-fearing good person'' who regretted lying to a federal grand jury about a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.

The Grammy winner was sentenced to one year and one day for perjury and conspiracy - a term far less than the three years and seven months sought by prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said he had weighed the public perception of sending a young black entertainer to prison far longer than Martha Stewart, who spent five months in prison and remains under house arrest after a false statements conviction.


Lynch suggested Lil' Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones) deserved more time because she had lied about a violent crime, not a white-collar scheme. He also noted that unlike Stewart, she took the witness stand at her trial earlier this year and repeated her lies.

``You sat right next to me there and stared in the eyes of the jurors, and you tried to charm them and you tried to fake them out,'' Lynch said.

But the judge also credited Lil' Kim with returning to court Wednesday and admitting she had lied all along to protect members of her entourage.

``At the time I thought it was the right thing to do, but I now know it was wrong,'' she said, her voice breaking.

Lil' Kim said she wanted to ``take complete blame'' for the actions of her assistant, Monique Dopwell, who's awaiting sentencing for the same crimes.

She also asked the judge ``to consider my entire life's work and not just the days in the grand jury and on the witness stand in the courtroom. I'm a God-fearing, good person.''

Lil' Kim, who was ordered to report to prison Sept. 19, left the courthouse without speaking to reporters.

Some fans who showed up outside said they were relieved that the sentence wasn't harsher.
``I'm just excited 'cause it's not that long,'' said Alfredo Borbon, 22, a waiter who wore a pair of boots with the rapper's name on them.

``We can wait; us fans can wait that long.''

The artist, who turns 30 next week, was the sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G.

As a solo artist, she has become known for her revealing outfits and raunchy lyrics.

The case stemmed from a gun battle that erupted outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga.

Lil' Kim's group confronted the others about the Capone-N-Noreaga song ``Bang, Bang,'' which contained an insult to Lil' Kim from rival Foxy Brown. One man was hurt in the shootout that followed.

Before the grand jury and at the trial, the rapper claimed she did not notice two of her close friends at the scene of the shootout - her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif Jackson, known as ``Gutta.''

Both have pleaded guilty to gun charges.

Jurors at Lil' Kim's trial saw radio station security photos that depicted Butler opening a door for the rap star, and two witnesses who once made records with Lil' Kim said they saw her at the station with Butler and Jackson.

The defendant's career began with an impromptu performance for Notorious B.I.G. on the street in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

She became ``Queen Bee,'' the only woman in his otherwise all-male clique.

Her 1996 debut album, ``Hard Core,'' was laced with sexually explicit lyrics and became a big hit, thanks to songs such as ``Crush On You'' and others with unmentionable titles.

She won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of ``Lady Marmalade.''

In sentencing Lil' Kim for perjury, the judge cited the unsolved slaying of Notorious B.I.G as evidence of a troubling code of silence in the hip-hop community.

``It's because people did what you did, that we still don't know who killed him,'' he said.

Associated Press writers Samantha Gross and Erin McClam contributed to this story.

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Former Connecticut Governor Rowland got 366 days for his crimes of taking bribes. Rowland took bribes and seriously breeched the public’s trust. His crimes numbered in the hundreds or thousands of counts.

President Clinton openly and blatantly perjured himself and was not sent to prison.

Martha Stewart may or may not have made a single oversight on a single day and was absolutely barbecued.

I invested 100’s of thousand of dollars in Stafford Springs and Somersville, Connecticut rental properties and years of hard work and I was jumped on my property coming home to the dark after working a double shift. The criminal was given immunity for stalking, harassing, threatening my life, and trying to rob me.

This all to maliciously prosecute me for having to use pepper spray to end the injurious attack I was taking.


I was sentenced to a year in prison by Judge Jonathan Kaplan whom I tried to have removed for bias in Civil Cases BEFORE the event.

I was denied any deals or any consideration by prosecutor Keith Courier also of Rockville Connecticut court AFTER I made several attempts to have him removed for refusing to serve landlords when they are victims of crimes and financial losses.

I had wrote a letter to Bush BEFORE the attack complaining about the lack of protection and services of police and the courts for those that invest in downtown property and small businesses.

I proposed Civilian Oversight of Police BEFORE I was attacked on my property to elected officials.

I spouted off in newspapers about police rudeness, lack of protection and service, and claimed the courts and police were only about revenue collection with criminal correction only as a sideline BEFORE I was attacked.

I told politicians I intended to sue the Connecticut State Police for violating my Civil Rights BEFORE I was attacked on my property.

A representatives aid told me to leave Connecticut and sell my properties before the Connecticut State Police retaliated for the laws I proposed to legislators they didn’t like and for what I wrote in the newspapers about police pissing them off.


So the American Justice System has little to do with Justice and Fairness.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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