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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

This She-ro Got Served!

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Kimberly Jones, also known as rapper L'il Kim began a 366 day sentence for lying to a grand jury. Her new digs are in the new federal detention center high rise facility in downtown Philadelphia..

Many of her fans celebrate her as the "Queen of Rap" for not disclosing information, (they call that upholding the street code), about her manager, Damion Butler, as he was caught on surveillance video outside of the Hot 97 radio station, WQHT, as he fired shots at a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. The result one man was injured.

U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch told her at her sentencing Wednesday:
"Going to jail because you lied to protect violent men with guns is not heroic. It's stupid and it's wrong."

Kim lied before a grand jury stating she had not seen anyone fire a gun. She further stated she did not see Butler or another associate, Suif Jackson. During her trial, she gave testimony that the two men were freeloading. She said they frequently spent the night at her home and basically took advantage of her.

Famous entertainers, even Grammy award winning female rappers are not immune to this now fairly common occurrence...the sacrificial female. The female prison population has increased from 68,468 in 1995 to 101,179 in 2003, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. "Caught in the Net," an American Civil Liberties Union sponsored paper attributes this increase to women who are convicted on factors related to their men using or selling drugs.

Just shows to go ya even successful entertainers can become vicitms by giving men money, a place to stay, jobs, and then allowing them to be disrespectful and maybe violent.