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Ohio judge causes outrage for allowing courtroom for video by rapper facing attempted murder

January 19, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ohio judge causes outrage for allowing courtroom for video by rapper facing attempted murder

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An Ohio judge has stirred outrage after he allowed a local rapper known as ‘Lil Cray’ who stands accused of attempted murder, to shoot part of a music video inside his courtroom, according to an investigative report.

Judge Michael Ryan, who presides over the court at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center, told local Fox News8 that his courtroom was used by the rapper to shoot the video for his track dubbed “Indicted.”

‘Lil Cray’ whose real name is Crayshaun Bates, is one of seven defendants set to stand trial on dozens of gang-related charges including attempted murder and weapons violations as an adult.

Ryan said he opened his courtroom to an old friend who is a music producer for the video shoot after-hours but maintains that he was unaware ‘Lil Cray’ was involved and didn’t find out until the next day.

The judge also stated that he was unaware of the rapper’s pending charges, who remains free on bail and on house arrest.

“The last time I checked the Constitution, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, Ryan said. “I’m always about helping young people especially when I see that they have promise. They have talent.”

However, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors not only say ‘Lil Cray violated the terms of his house arrest but also accuse the rapper of offering a $35,000 bribe to try to avoid facing additional charges, Fox News8 reported.

A county spokesperson refused requests to allow journalists to view surveillance cameras, which captured the video shoot, claiming the release of any footage from inside the juvenile justice center would pose a security risk.

Although the judge defended his decision when he was asked if he’d do it again, He replied “No. No. Probably not one of the better choices that I made. But I was trying to help.”

As for the rapper, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors said late Tuesday that Judge Robert McClelland overseeing his case had revoked ‘Lil Cray’s’ bond and ordered him to be remanded into custody.

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