C-Murder Barred From Having Pens In Jail
The lawyer for rapper C-Murder, who angered authorities by recording parts of his upcoming music video and recent CD behind bars, has agreed to take only a pencil into jailhouse meetings.The lawyer for rapper C-Murder, who angered authorities by recording parts of his upcoming music video and recent CD behind bars, has agreed to take only a pencil into jailhouse meetings.
The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, has been inside the Jefferson Parish jail in Gretna, La., for more than three years on a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a 16-year-old inside a nightclub.
During that time, a music video for his new album's single showed Miller in an orange prison outfit in jail complaining that he and other poor blacks must endure racial profiling.
Ron Rakosky, Miller's attorney, was barred from bringing anything but a pencil and pad into jail. Rakosky objected, saying Sheriff Harry Lee was "illegally intruding on the right of counsel" by barring documents related to Miller's criminal defense.
Under a March 16 agreement, Rakosky can bring legal documents into the jail, but he can only use a pencil. Lee's attorney said pens were barred because they are hollow and can be used to carry song lyrics.
Rakosky has also asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal to reconsider its March 10 decision upholding the rapper's conviction. If the conviction stands, Miller would spend the rest of his life in prison.
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