Rap on Trial: How Courts Are Using Song Lyrics to Convict Young Black Men

The Walrus (18 May 2016)

8 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2017 Last revised: 21 Dec 2017

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David M Tanovich

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 18, 2016

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 http://ssrn.com/abstract=2730123). This Walrus piece provides a summary of some of the Canadian cases and explores how our criminal justice system should respond.

Keywords: Rap on Trial, Canada, Anti-Black Racism, Systemic Racism, Policing, Evidence, Criminal Courts

Suggested Citation

Tanovich, David M, Rap on Trial: How Courts Are Using Song Lyrics to Convict Young Black Men (May 18, 2016). The Walrus (18 May 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3075976

David M Tanovich (Contact Author)

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