NEWS FLASH! Johnnie Cochran is DEAD!

T.I. was denied bond today after getting jammed with guns and shit at the Walgreens down the street from the BET Hip Hop Awards–hours before the show. Now, before I move on, let me address something.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution got a quote from Young Dro saying “its just a mistake.” I’m sorry, buying illegal firearms knowing you are a felon is not a “mistake.” Neither is planning to pick them up in a Walgreen’s parking lot in broad daylight down the street from a venue where you were just rehearsing for perhaps one the biggest performances of the year. No, that is not a “mistake,” that’s “dumb shit,” word to Cee-Lo Green.

But just like Lo urged, we probably shouldn’t “hold that against him though.” Why not? Because I honestly believe that Tip wasn’t about to go out and start a war. Even though its very bad timing for this to happen right after releasing “Hurt” as a single. Dude is probably, just like so many other Black males, addicted to guns and trouble. As much as he may feel that he has earned back his right to own firearms and vote (Why couldn’t the nigga get in trouble for raising hell at a voting booth?), he can’t, he just can’t. Ya’ll remember that episode of Punk’d when they though it would be funny to plant a gun in his luggage. He looked nervous the whole time and looked pissed when the cameras came out talking about “YOU’VE BEEN PUNK’D!” Why would he think it was all good to get guns now?

As crazy as the situation is, we can’t call what he did a “mistake” it has to be called for what it is, dumb shit. Perhaps if we started telling people straight up “yo, that was some dumb ass shit you just did” instead of enabling them with “we all make mistakes,” dumb shit probably wouldn’t happen that often.

But, back the to matter at hand.

Rappers, athletes, entertainers and all you other Black folks with money: NEWS FLASH! Johnnie Cochran is DEAD!

Gone are the days when you could invite young children into your home, molest them and then just pay Johnnie to make the shit go away. Gone are the days where you could just shoot up a club, hop in a limo, try to pay the driver to take the gun and get Johnnie to make the allegations disappear. Gone are the days where you could stab a nigga in the club for bootlegging your CD and get JC to wash that sin away. Gone are the days when you could kill your ex-wife and her boyfriend, blame it on a racist cop and make the world believe it.

NO! You cannot just ride around with illegal or unlicensed weapons anymore. NO! You cannot fight dogs. Johnnie Cochran isn’t around to save asses anymore and not everybody is privy to the treatment Robert “Real Talk” Kelly has been getting for the last six years. So, that leave two options, sit yo’ ass down or start pissing on little girls. Better yet, just stay in the house until January 1, 2008, because 2007 hasn’t been the best year for Black celebrities and the law.

From what I’ve seen, that lawyer Scott Leemon who got the world to believe that Young Buck didn’t stab anybody at the VIBE awards is pretty good. He’s the same lawyer that’s been keeping Jeezy and Busta out of jail when shit happens. Maybe Tip should ask them for his number.

But yeah, ya’ll pray for this dude, he’s gonna need it.

  • Real Talk

    Good Shit, welcome to the blog section.

  • Cuban Link

    Didnt the nigga have a son?Tell him to get his ass on his grind already!

    The World needs you

  • these posts are racist

    …”Gone are the days when you could kill your ex-wife and her boyfriend, blame it on a racist cop and make the world believe it.”

    Wow. In all honesty brother, you lack an understanding of the way the criminal justice system works in the U.S. You have no idea.

    Do some researche on the thousands young black males wrongly convicted in a judicial system that is seriously flawed.

    The judicial system is not a place where truth and justice rule the day, but rather, is an adversarial system – that more often than not leads to young black males serving time for crimes they did not commit.

    Reserch the adversarial system and what that really means playboy.

    • Fire

      Come on, TPAR. He’s spot on. OJ did kill his wife and her best friend, blame it on a racist cop, and make the whole world believe it. Just because there are people who get wrongfully accused and imprisoned does not mean OJ Simpson was wrongfully accused and SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED BECAUSE HE IS A MURDERING BASTARD.

  • http://myhangover.wordpress.com/ Big Homie

    Great post homie. I couldnt of said it better myself.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    T.I. & Anyone Who Supports Him Lost

    I’m going to make it REAL easy for you young stupids….and let this serve as THE final, definitive thread on why “Free T.I.” is not only a ridiculous notion, but also impractical UNDER THE LAW

    HERE’S THE FUCKING LAW:
    (*)Notes:

    “U.S.C.” means United States Code, which is the name for federal law

    1.Code: 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)
    Descrip: Knowing possession of a firearm by prohibited person
    Statutory Maximum: 10 years

    2.Code: 18 U.S.C. § 922(O)
    Descrip: Knowing possession of a machine gun
    Statutory Maximum: 10 years

    3.Code: 18 U.S.C. § 922(v)
    Descrip: Knowing possession, transfer, or manufacture of semiautomatic assault weapon
    Statutory Maximum: 5 years

    4.Code: 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)
    Descrip: Receipt or possession of unregistered firearm
    Statutory Maximum: 10 years

    5.Code: 26 U.S.C. § 5861(k)
    Descrip: Transport, delivery or receipt of unregistered firearm
    Statutory Maximum: 10 years[/b]

    …so that’s 45 YEARS MAXIMUM he’s potentially facing. MIND YOU, today he was denied bail and SO FAR has been formally charged with two felonies:

    1. possession of unregistered machine guns (and silencers), 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d); and
    2. possession of firearms by a convicted felon, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)

    THOSE TWO RIGHT THERE carry a MAXIMUM 20 year sentence under federal sentencing guidelines.

    The prosecution could give him SOME of these other charges, or they could give him ALL of these and more. But these are the federal laws he’s CLEARLY violated.

    Now is that CLEAR for you young stupids, or do I have to break out the dancing puppets?
    Game over, T.I. lost, anybody on this site backing him up lost.

    • these posts are racist

      Interscope Jackson,

      While all that is nice, it is extremely ridiculous for you to say he is “clearly” guilty of anything…Why don’t you read up on “reasonable doubt” and suddenly things are so “clear” anymore.

      So yes, break out the puppets, but make sure they really understand the adversarial nature of the legal system and what becomes clear – is that nothing is clear.

  • Moniker

    Fuck TPAR, you’re a lawyer right…you should get ahold of T.I.’s number and become his defense son. Now that would make my day.

    • these posts are racist

      Moniker,

      I’m glad you care enough to respond to my comment with nothing of substance.

      Internet thugs, crack me up.

  • ri067953

    Yo, TPAR is right on the money. Just because TIP got caught with the guns in hand does not constituite guilt. Anybody that knows basic shit about how the justice systme works knows this. The weight is on the government to prove behind a resonable doubt that he has violated these laws. Maybe he would be convicted in a civil suit but we are talking federal charges. I believe that T.I.P will be F.R.E.E.

    • these posts are racist

      ri067953,

      No doubt, reasonable doubt is a high burden. I’m not saying T.I. won’t get convicted of anything, but we don’t know the details. It’s pure speculation at this point.

      Also as far as the civil suit is concerned, you have the right idea my brother, but I’ll clear it up for you. One doesn’t get “convicted” in a civil proceeding. Once can only get “convicted” in a criminal case.

      But your conceptually correct, in a civil suit, the burden is whether or not someone “is more likely than not” to have done x. Where as in a criminal case the buren is whether or not someone “did X, beyond a reasonable doubt.” The reasonable doubt standard is much higher.

      In the T.I. situation, it doesn’t appear that anyone would have a civil suit against him – so that’s not an issue.

  • Niggaplease

    Nigga please.

    …”Gone are the days when you could kill your ex-wife and her boyfriend, blame it on a racist cop and make the world believe it.”

    Wow. In all honesty brother, you lack an understanding of the way the criminal justice system works in the U.S. You have no idea.

    Do some researche on the thousands young black males wrongly convicted in a judicial system that is seriously flawed.

    The judicial system is not a place where truth and justice rule the day, but rather, is an adversarial system – that more often than not leads to young black males serving time for crimes they did not commit.

    Reserch the adversarial system and what that really means playboy.”

    Your little self-fellating diatribe is out-to-lunch and misses the basic humor and truth in this post.

    get the dick out of your ear and smarten up.

  • ri067953

    TPAR-
    I know that a civil suit would not be brought against. Just using it as a hypothetical situation.

  • WON’T B THE LAST

    Damn! What’s the big deal? This nigga T.I. is just a rapper, he ain’t no freedom fighter running for President. All these slim-balls in the rap industry are crime affilated to one degree or another. Why you think the “Hip-Hop Cops” got jobs? These Jigs do it to themselves. Instead of making a better life and being role-models, Rappers stuff their bellies, fuck until their dicks are sore, and wind up broke or in jail…Young Black America needs new heroes!

  • SUCKS 2 B U

    A weak blog by a weak blogger…

    • http://www.myspace.com/writeonpointmagazine Janice

      Good post Maurice!

      “SUCKS 2 B U says,
      A weak blog by a weak blogger”

      So where’s your blog?

  • Moniker

    Damn TPAR do you ever laugh what so ever, I mean yeah its a serious situation, but damn, you get riled up about everything.

    If you want me to be serious, fine, I’ll be serious…here’s my point in the situation.

    If this was some district attorney bringin charges I’d be skeptical and think T.I. would actually have a reasonable chance of getting off. However, these are the feds. The feds don’t fuck around ala the Vick case. Feds usually don’t press charges until its written in stone, like having one of your friends rat you out while you pick up machine guns and silencers from a trunk of a car.

    I’m not saying he’s for sure guilty, but being a multiple felon sure doesn’t help his case either. Normally I’m very skeptical of trials dealing with young black males, because with people’s stereotypes its easy to make them look guilty. But there is a lot of evidence against T.I. right now, like being caught in the fucking act. So unless the feds didn’t follow procedure, i’d be very worried if i was T.I.

    sorry if I wasn’t serious enough before, its goddamn xxl comments, I save serious shit for my own life.

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  • f**k all u bloggers

    all u f**kers r stupid!!..Money talks bullshit walks. Money equals freedom point blank period!!

  • DXL

    What does he need all that gun for? Photoshoots? Cause he ain’t shooting nobody himself and if his goons/entoourage are the one that’s gonne be toting that, well they need to thank their mothers/grandmas cause their prayers just saved them from possible murder, attempted murder charges.
    I hope he gets out but if he doesn’t, well the ol’ saying applies, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. Simply put.

  • RBMC

    If your going to do dumb shit say like pick up machine guns in a parking lot up the street from the venue you were going to perform at later on, then your stupid ass deserves to get locked up. Uck TI. These iggas are just plain dumb!! Uck OJ too!!!!!

  • RBMC

    also stop blaming the so called hip hop police and using all these excuses for doing counter productive idiotic senseless bull ish!!!

  • Chad Biggz

    Great Post…

    The Stop Snitchin…well that shit aint working. Cuz TIPs bodyguard aint have a problem lettin the FEDs know who he was getting the guns for. Maybe we show start STOP DOING THIS DUMB SHIT. Why wasn’t Dro or one of those PSC niggaz there to pick up the guns? What are they there for? Shit if it was 50, Yayo would have been there to pick that shit up. Why you think Yayo is on G-Unit?

  • SUPREME BLACKMAN

    TI IS SCREWED, PERIOD POINT BLANK. IT COMES A TIME IN EVERY MAN’S LIFE WHEN HE NEEDS TO LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHAT TYPE PEOPLE THEY ASSOCIATE WITH. IT’S ALWAYS PROMISING TO SEE A YOUNG BLACK MALE MAKE IT IN LIFE, BUT STUPID DECISIONS WILL GET YOU RIGHT BACK WHERE YOU STARTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BARRELL. I HATE TO SEE ANY BLACK MALE GO TO JAIL BECAUSE THAT EFFECTS OUR FAMILY SOCIAL STRUCTURE. TI EMPLOYED A LOT OF PEOPLE AND HIS ARREST IS GOING TO EFFECT A LOT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES WHICH HAVE TYPICAL MIDDLE CLASS INCOMES. NOW HIS CHILDREN WILL BE WITHOUT HIS FATHER FOR A WHILE AND WITH THIS RAP GAME, EVEN 5 YEARS OUT OF THE GAME YOU WILL BE FORGOTTEN WITH THIS NEW GENERATION. I DON’T KNOW IF PEOPLE REMEMBER THE BILLBOARD JOHNNIE COCHRAN HAD BEFORE HE PASSED STATING “IF YOU ARE A CONVICTED FELON AND CAUGHT AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, I CAN’T EVEN GET YOU OFF.” FORGET THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF GUNS, ONE GUN IN TI’S POSSESSION WILL GET HIM MANDATORY FEDERAL JAIL TIME PERIOD. HELL, I KNOW PEOPLE WATCHED THE SERIES AMERICAN GANSTA ON BET LAST YEAR AND WATCHING IT THIS YEAR. ONE THING EVERY GANGSTA STATED THAT IF YOU ARE DOING WRONG AND THE ALPHABET BOYS (FBI) WANT YOU, YOU PROBABLY NEED TO BE GETTING READY FOR A LONG VACATION AT CAMP FED. WE NEED TO WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE AND SEE RACISM IN AMERICA IS GETTING WORSE. MIKE VIKE GOING TO JAIL, TI GOING TO JAIL, JENA 6 TRAVISTY, AND THE NOT GULITY VERDICT FOR THE BOOTCAMP STAFF AFTER KILLING THE YOUNG BLACK INMATE IN FLORIDA. THIS GENERATION NEEDS TO CHANGE AND LOOK AT THE SOCIAL CONDITIONS WE ARE IN AND THINK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE OR THEY WILL NOT HAVE ONE AND WE WILL BE BACK IN SLAVERY.

    PEACE
    SUPREME

  • Iceburgh

    Umm, I’d say his first mistake was going to a registered gun dealer and asking about buying assault rifles an not getting them registered. That shits gonna get everyone’s attention. And I’d have to say there’s substantial evidence against him since they found like 12 guns in HIS car and house(in a fingerprint identifying safe?!?!), and since HE is a convicted felon, he better pray they don’t link them to any crimes.

  • these posts are racist

    Moniker,

    Good stuff man. I laugh and didn’t mean to come off like that, i just get annoyed when people talk trash to me for no reason. And yes, this is XXL, but a lot of important issues get discussed here and many of the comments are very thoughtful. Your comment was on point and very valid.

    ri067953,

    No doubt homey, good stuff and thanks for the insight.

  • og bobby j

    Yo TPAR let me ask….isnt it true the possession is 9/10ths of the law. For instance, if i got a bag a weed on me but it belongs to someone else…it is still considered mine in the eyes of the law. Correct? otherwise, the “it was him (points at someone on the corner)” defense would work alot.

    Therefore, how does reasonable doubt come into play when a convicted felon has 3 guns in his possession (car) and is on the wire talking about ammunition for the guns he is illegally purchasing? Not to mention the guns in the crib…Nuff said….

  • MEMPHIS TN

    Posted Oct. 15, 2007 – Attorneys and family members of the 14-year-old boy who died after being beaten, kneed and kicked by guards at a Florida boot camp say the officers would have been convicted if there had been African Americans on the jury.

    On Friday, an all-White jury accepted the defense’s argument that Martin Lee Anderson’s death was the result of sickle-cell trait and not because seven guards beat him and shoved an ammonia capsule up his nose while a nurse watched.

    “You kill a dog, you go to jail,” an angry Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family, said on the courtroom steps following the verdict. “You kill a little Black boy, nothing happens.”

    Saying that having sickle-cell trait is responsible for Martin’s death is “adding insult to injury,” Crump said, decrying that the fact that the jury lacked Blacks, who are more familiar the disorder.

    Sickle cell occurs in one out of every 10 African Americans, according to the Illinois Department of Public Safety.

    “Usually, people with sickle-cell trait do not have any medical problems and they can lead normal lives,” according to its Web site. “They do not develop sickle cell disease.”

    The initial autopsy blamed sickle-cell trait for Martin’s death, but a second autopsy said the death was caused by the severe beating and because the victim was forced to breathe the ammonia while officers covered his mouth.

    During the weeklong trial, the jury repeatedly watched the graphic videotape of the ordeal, which triggered outrage from Black leaders, children’s advocates and human rights activists nationwide and led to the end of Florida’s boot camps. Said Robert Anderson, Martin’s father: “There was enough evidence. It was there in Black and white. What do you need, a rocket science? I’m sick of this crap.”

    THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE EXAMPLES OUT OF US… WE NEED TO WAKE UP AN STICK TOGETHER. AND TRUST ME EVER SINCE T.I. GOT ON HIPHOP VS AMERICA, THEY BEEN WATCHING HIM. LOOKS LIKE A SET-UP MOVE TO ME, THE ALPHABET BOYZ BEEN WAITING ON THIS ONE.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com MGG

      Yeah, Nelly should be careful too.

  • KRITIQ

    Co-sign MEMPHIS TN that case got me all heated up about the whole system and when black people try talk about this shit they say we blaming the white man for our troubles and shit, this judicial system is fucken bias and racist period

    if that shit happened to a white kid they would go all the way to change laws but coz its a black kid it means shit.

    and T.I was set up

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com MJ – THE UNDERWRITER

    The South wins again. Congrats on the blog, homie. I see you already have some haters – good job.

    The internet is full of sensitive twats like TPAR. I hate even using his/her abbrev, because he/she probably feels famous right now, if not broke.

    Don’t get me started…

    Oh Yea,

    NEW OBITUARIES AT THE UNDERWRITER’S BLOG.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com MJ – THE UNDERWRITER

    I’m not feeling the fact that I can’t seem to put a comment up on anybody’s blog deez days, but oh well… we’ll just try it again.

    1 min ago, THE UNDERWRITER tried to post this:

    “The South wins again. Congrats on the blog, homie. I see you already have haters and nut-huggers. Good job.

    The internet, as we know, is full of sensitive twats like TPAR. Some people masturbate too much. Anyway, please don’t get me started…

    Oh yea…

    NEW OBITUARIES AT THE UNDERWRITER’S BLOG. “DEAD” IS THE NEW “HOT.”

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    AND ONE MORE TIME…

    (Round 3)

    I’m not feeling the fact that I can’t seem to put a comment up on anybody’s blog deez days, but oh well… we’ll just try it again.

    1 min ago, THE UNDERWRITER tried to post this:

    “The South wins again. Congrats on the blog, homie. I see you already have haters and nut-huggers. Good job.

    The internet, as we know, is full of sensitive twats like TPAR. Some people masturbate too much. Anyway, please don’t get me started…

    Oh yea…

    NEW OBITUARIES AT THE UNDERWRITER’S BLOG. “DEAD” IS THE NEW “HOT.”

  • the world famous bp

    It’s seems that he was set up and its very interesting that the gov’t would send an informant in to a rappers cap a’la cointelpro however if he did actually possess the weapons no one forced that upon him. As black people we have to be above reproach. We cannot invite law enforcment and the gov’t to take a look in our house because it’s been proven time and time again that you dont have to be doing anyting to get locked up. So when you are doing something you have to be extra careful. Point blank the brotha made a dumb decision and he’s gonna have to pay for it.

  • Nicky J

    I’m hearing both sides of these arguments, and all I can think about is that he HAD to have known that someone was always watching him as much as these dudes talk about the cops and shit being all in their grills so I have to say I feel like he was putting himself in that situation.

    I don’t know all of the facts about this, just what I been hearing on the radio and stuff the last couple of days, but didn’t his bodyguard snitch on him and set him up? If that’s the case then how could anyone have an argument? I’m not trying to get into the snitches get stitches and all that shit argument, I’m just saying if it was a bodyguard that was ratting him out, chances are the nigga is guilty for doing dirt but that’s just my take on it all. Someone please clear up the story for me if I got it wrong.

  • What It Iz

    First, I like to start off saying what a dumb ass. One minute Clifford is at the peak of his game, and now his dumb ass has somehow landed him in jail, go figure. Ain’t that about a bitch!!! When I just thought to myself about two weeks ago this brother has a head on his shoulders well. Well I just have to take that back. Judging by this catastrophe I don’t know who he is any more. I mean the jury is out: They’ve prove probable cause and now he’s indicted (yikes!).

    As far as the reasonable doubt thing is concerned that few of you have mentioned earlier I doubt that prosecutors will have a hard time pinning a case of gun charges on Clifford to the jury. Any jury in their right mind (concerning the fact that lawyers have told them ex-cons cannot own and register guns) will know that Clifford is in the wrong and should be charged. Which leads me to wonder what does the defense got cooking?

    But back to the lecture at hand.

    The government has audio on Clifford sidelining a slick deal. The deal was slick to begin with because it was to benefit and undue none other than himslef from being caught by the likes of ATF, leaving his bodyguard fronting and going out there copping guns. No doubt the bodyguard will and can do time for aiding in this sideline operation. As of now, ATF found three guns on Clifford, right in his car (blaw), and in his home found more a whole arsenal soldiers in Iraq wished they had. O ATF had more than just probable cause, they got luck. The sting afforded them to find out that this man also is in lust with guns. They’ll be watching him from until forever.

    The investigation even without the bodyguard’s help can prosecute Clifford. Self-respecting citizens now know Clifford is not at all who he says he is (do I have to say it: Hip Hop vs America) he’s a liar and two-faced. How do you explain that to kids? They love him.

    Now to draw to my conclusion. There’s no doubt that the government has some thing on him and will try Clifford to the best of what they have close at hand. What can Clifford do at this point? Point the figure? He could. A good one: say the guns they are not his (lol) and vehemently send for somebody else to do the time for him. Wish the bodyguard would retrack his statements (knowing this far he can’t). If anything Clifford will do some time, and nevermind thinking about the government setting an example on his black ass its about some knuckle head with bad decisions. I still got love for him though, I pray he gets it together.

  • What It Iz

    First, I like to start off saying what a dumb ass. One minute Clifford is at the peak of his game, and now his dumb ass has somehow landed him in jail, go figure. Ain’t that about a bitch!!! When I just thought to myself about two weeks ago this brother has a head on his shoulders well. Well I just have to take that back. Judging by this catastrophe I don’t know who he is any more. I mean the jury is out: They’ve proven probable cause and now he’s indicted (yikes!).

    As far as the reasonable doubt thing is concerned that few of you have mentioned earlier I doubt that prosecutors will have a hard time pinning a case of gun charges on Clifford to the jury. Any jury in their right mind (concerning the fact that lawyers have told them ex-cons cannot own and register guns) will know that Clifford is in the wrong and should be charged. Which leads me to wonder what does the defense got cooking?

    But back to the lecture at hand.

    The government has audio on Clifford sidelining a slick deal. The deal was slick to begin with because it was to benefit and undue none other than him self from being caught by the likes of ATF, leaving his bodyguard fronting and going out there copping guns. No doubt the bodyguard will and can do time for aiding in this sideline operation. As of now, ATF found three guns on Clifford, right in his car (blaw), and in his home found more. A whole arsenal soldiers in Iraq wished they had. O ATF had more than just probable cause, they got lucky. The sting afforded them to find out that this man also is in lust with guns. They’ll be watching him from now until forever.

    The investigation even without the bodyguard’s help can prosecute Clifford. Self-respecting citizens now know Clifford is not at all who he says he is (do I have to say it: Hip Hop vs. America) he’s a liar and two-faced. How do you explain that to kids? They love him.

    Now drawing to my conclusion. There’s no doubt that the government has some thing on him and will try Clifford to the best of what they have close at hand. What can Clifford do at this point? Point the finger? He could. A good one: say the guns they are not his (lol) and vehemently send for somebody else to do the time for him. Or, wish the bodyguard would retract his statements (knowing thus far he can’t). If anything Clifford will do some time, and nevermind thinking about the government setting an example on his black ass. Its about some knuckle head with bad decisions. I still got love for him though; I pray he gets it together.