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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nicknames and jail sentences

click to enlarge JACK JOHNSON: Sounds guilty to me
  • JACK JOHNSON: Sounds guilty to me

The AJC reports today rapper Rodney Hill, a.k.a. Rocko Da Don, was sentenced to two days in jail and community service after pleading no contest to a single count of battery stemming from a violent altercation at the Velvet Room in 2007.

I'm not familiar with the details of the case, so I can't say if the penalty is appropriate for the incident.

I nevertheless can't help but wonder: shouldn't the fact that Mr. Hill performs using a name meant to evoke an Italian mafia boss factor into his sentencing? Calling yourself Rocko Da Don is a proud declaration of criminality. That should automatically add five years to his sentence.

Same goes for rapper Corey Miller, who records using the name C-Murder. Miller is actually awaiting trial for the 2002 murder of a 16-year-old fan. Is a trial even necessary? For f*ck's sake, he calls himself C-Murder. Isn't that an admission of guilt?

And before you start complaining that I'm singling-out rappers: I think this rule should apply to everyone.

For example, if David Bowie (real name: David Jones) was arrested for murdering someone with old-fashioned hunting knife, I say go ahead and assume he's guilty.

If surfer-singer Jack Johnson is ever arrested for masturbating in public, same thing. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. So what if it's his real name.

(Photo by Josh Rhinehart)

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