California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill restricting use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases
California on Friday enacted a new law limiting prosecutors from using rap lyrics as evidence against criminal defendants.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a series of bills, including AB 2799, which requires a pre-trial hearing to determine if hip-hop lyrics are relevant to a case. The bill was approved by state lawmakers in August.
"For too long, prosecutors in California have used rap lyrics as a convenient way to inject racial bias and confusion into the criminal justice process," Dina LaPolt, entertainment attorney and co-founder of Songwriters of North America, told...