It’s a showdown that is breaking legal ground — a local man with no criminal record facing a lifetime behind bars for cutting a rap album. Prosecutors are calling upon a state law put in place by voters in 2000 that has not been used until now. It allows for the prosecution of gang members if they benefit from crimes committed by other gang members. Though Duncan hasn’t been tied to the shootings, prosecutors argued that he benefited from the shootings because his gang gained in status, allowing him to sell more albums.
This is a big reach, with this logic a lot of rappers would be in jail right now. Can this law be applied to criminals who profit from books and movies too?