West Coast rapper Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan has reportedly pleaded not guilty to a gang-related conspiracy crime over an album cover’s artwork.
According to reports, Doo made his plea in court a few days ago.
A rapper with gang ties charged in San Diego under a conspiracy law that allows for the prosecution of gang members if they benefit from or promote crimes committed by other gang members pleaded not guilty Thursday and had his trial set for next month. Brandon Duncan, 32, is accused in a gang conspiracy involving nine local shootings between May 2013 and February of this year. (ABC 10 News)
Check out what support Doo has received right here…
Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs has publicly voiced support for Doo.
Recent reports claimed Doo could become the first musician to land in jail for an album cover decision on gang conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors will reportedly look to prove that the album art “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.” “That gang” refers to the San Diego Lincoln Park gang, of which Duncan is a member, according to San Diego police. According to the Times, at least 15 Lincoln Park gang members have been charged in a recent string of shootings in the city. (Breit Bart)
Doo’s lawyer Brian Watkins recently questioned the validity of the charges considering his client’s non-existent criminal record.
“It’s shocking. He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say ‘go out and commit a crime.’ Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues.” (Counter Current News)