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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tanovich on Rap on Trial

David M Tanovich (University of Windsor - Faculty of Law) has posted Rap on Trial: How Courts Are Using Song Lyrics to Convict Young Black Men (The Walrus (18 May 2016)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In the US, rap is frequently on trial, even in death penalty cases. It also appears to be a growing trend in England. And so, I began to study the issue in Canada. I was able to document thirty-six cases of attempts by the Canadian criminal justice system to put rap on trial in a recently published article “R v. Campbell: Rethinking the Admissibility of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Cases” (available on SSRN at This Walrus piece provides a summary of some of the Canadian cases and explores how our criminal justice system should respond.

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