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Bronx Drug Defendant Will Face His Rap Lyrics in SDNY Trial, Arguing For 3 Week Delay

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 24 – Nicholas Joseph is charged with narcotics conspiracy in The Bronx, with a jury trial set for September 7.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel is managing the proceeding, which Inner City Press is covering.   

 The US Attorney's Office on July 23 filed a motion in limine seeking to show the jury some of Joseph's rap videos including "gang signs, gang colors and firearms" - and his lyrics.

Given the First Amendment, is this really necessary?

On August 24 a proceeding was held and Inner City Press covered it. Joseph wants a 2 to 3 week delay, citing the difficulty of access at Essex. The US Attorney's Office opposed, and Judge Castel told the parties that he has presided over five jury trials since September 2020. (In that he's neck and neck with Judge Jed Rakoff; Judge Caproni is holding another jury trial, this week).

The case is US v. Joseph, 20-cr-603 (Castel) 


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