- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A rapper in California known as Tiny Doo is facing attempted murder charges because prosecutors claim he benefitted in the music industry from crimes committed by other gang members.

Tiny Doo, formally Brandon Duncan, appeared for a preliminary hearing in San Diego last week with some of the 14 other gang members facing attempted murder charges for an alleged gang conspiracy involving nine local shootings since April 2013, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Prosecutors are invoking a state law put in place by voters in 2000 that has not been used until now. It allows for the prosecution of gang members if they benefit from crimes committed by other gang members, the station reported.

Mr. Duncan has not been tied to the shootings and has no criminal record, but prosecutors argued that he benefited from the crimes because his gang gained in status, allowing him to sell more albums, the station reported.

“We’re not just talking about a CD of anything, of love songs. We’re talking about a CD [cover] … there is a revolver with bullets,” said Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna.

A judge decided on Monday that Mr. Duncan will go to trial.

“It’s shocking,” his attorney Brian Watkins told the station. “He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say go out and commit a crime. Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues.”

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