Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics as a Smoking Gun - NYTimes.com: "The case had gone cold.
Four years after the 2007 murders of Christopher Horton, 16, and Brian Dean, 20, detectives here had little to go on.
No suspects. No sign of the gun used to shoot the men. No witnesses to the shooting outside a house where officers found Mr. Horton sprawled next to a trash can and Mr. Dean on the front porch.
But in 2011, the case was reassigned to a detective who later came across what he considered a compelling piece of evidence: a YouTube video of Antwain Steward, a local rapper with the stage name Twain Gotti, performing his song “Ride Out.”"
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