Gun Case Against Rapper Paused Pending SCOTUS Decision

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It seems rap music has a whole lot more convicted felons as artists than most other musical genres. I mean, it's not surprising--a genre of music that seems to celebrate criminal activity has more people having done hard time than other genres isn't exactly earth-shattering--but it does seem to be the case.


Because it's also a genre that embraces people having guns, it's not overly surprising that at least some of these artists would get jammed up for possessing a firearm.

That seems to be the case with a rapper named YoungBoy Never Broke Again, only now, his case is on pause.

A criminal case against YoungBoy Never Broke Again over federal gun charges must be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a closely-watched Second Amendment battle this spring, a federal judge says — likely delaying a trial that had been scheduled to start in July.

In an order Wednesday (Mar. 13), U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick said she would wait to proceed until after the justices had issued their gun-control ruling since the Supreme Court’s looming decision will likely touch on the same Second Amendment questions at play in NBA YoungBoy’s case.

YoungBoy’s lawyers say the law he’s accused of breaking — a ban on convicted felons possessing firearms — is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, which protects the right to “keep and bear arms.” The pending Supreme Court case, meanwhile, will decide the constitutionality of a similar federal ban on gun ownership for domestic abusers.

After years of house arrest, YoungBoy (Kentrell DeSean Gaulden) had finally been set for a trial in July. Wednesday’s order will likely delay that trial since it could be June before the high court even rules on the pending case. But the delay might be worth it: If the Supreme Court rules against the gun restrictions in that case, it could greatly help YoungBoy beat his charges altogether.


That's probably not a bad move by the judge. It saves everyone a lot of time and headaches, particularly if the Supreme Court's eventual ruling actually would impact YoungBoy's case. There's no reason to continue with a trial, potentially get a conviction, only to have to basically relitigate it on appeal after a decision from the Court saying he didn't really break the law.

I don't think that's likely to be the case--a lot of people figure the Rahimi case won't go the way a lot of us on this side of the fence would like and even if it does, the issue isn't very likely to impact convicted felons--but better safe than sorry.

Once the Rahimi verdict is in, attorneys on both sides will have 14 days to file briefs on how the case should go forward.

My guess is that YoungBoy's attorneys will be disappointed by the Rahimi case's verdict, even if it does come down as a pro-Second Amendment ruling, and literally nothing would be different if they'd gone forward.

Yet that's just my hunch here. I could be very wrong and find out that yes, the case finds that convicted felons can't be disarmed and YoungBoy walk. I wouldn't have a problem with that ruling at all, since I figure that if someone has paid their debt to society, they should be treated like it was paid in full.


This should be interesting to watch.

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