May 9, 1992 |
Despite a U.S. appellate court reversal of a 1990 Florida ruling that had declared a 2 Live Crew rap album obscene, Omaha officials vowed Friday to press forward with their own pornography trial involving the group's music.
May 8, 1992 |
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday overturned a 1990 federal ruling that declared obscene a sexually explicit album by the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew. According to the appellate court, no evidence was presented in the June, 1990, Ft. Lauderdale trial to prove that the group's controversial "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album is without serious artistic value, an obscenity definition previously adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
April 23, 1992 |
Obscenity charges were filed Wednesday in Omaha, Neb., against two of the nation's largest record retail chains for selling albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. A total of six criminal counts were filed against Musicland and Trans World Music Corp., as well as an Omaha retailer, after store employees allegedly sold copies of the group's "Sports Weekend" album to underage customers. The record carries a music industry label that says "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics."
March 9, 1991 |
A Cincinnati rap concert targeted by police for possible obscenity prosecution was canceled late Thursday by the arena manager because of insufficient insurance coverage. John Nath, vice president and general manager of the Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, blamed the promoter's failure to meet insurance requirements, not pressure from the police, for the cancellation of "Rap Jam '91," scheduled for tonight.
December 13, 1990 |
The first record store owner in the nation ever to be convicted of selling obscene music was fined $1,000 by a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., judge Wednesday. E.C Records store owner Charles Freeman was ordered to pay the fine to a local elementary school for artistically gifted students. Freeman, who could have been sentenced to a maximum penalty of one year in jail under Florida obscenity code, reacted angrily to the ruling and vowed to appeal the decision.
December 11, 1990 |
A Texas judge unexpectedly dismissed obscenity charges on Monday against a San Antonio record store owner and chastised prosecutors in the case over an album by rappers 2 Live Crew. "It's beyond me that it would take six months to determine this is not a prosecutable case," Bexar County Court-at-Law Judge Tony Jimenez told assistant district attorneys, who requested that the charges against retailer Dave Risher, 36, be dropped. The dismissal came only hours before jury selection was to begin.