Court officials are taking steps to ensure the jury selected for LIL' KIM's
perjury trial have no knowledge of hip-hop music.
All candidates in line to take the bench face a gruelling 15-page
questionnaire which aims to rule out anyone whose judgment may be tainted by
the notorious reputation of some of the rap artists likely to be mentioned in
the court room.
The trial relates to a New York shootout in 2001 which occurred outside
radio station HOT 97 when the entourages of rival rap stars Lil' Kim and
Capone-N-Noreaga came face to face.
Kim's lawyer MEL SACHS says, "My problem with the list is people are going
to associate certain events with certain names, like SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS. Most
people who read the newspapers or watch television will associate Mr Combs with
Sachs is also insisting that the name of Kim's backing group Junior Mafia
be changed in court to "the musical group" - to avoid any negative
Lil' Kim will stand trial this month (28FEB05) on charges of conspiracy,
obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to the Federal Grand Jury.