The Times podcast: Crimes for rhymes?

There are dozens if not hundreds of cases involving prosecutors using rap lyrics that are about crimes as evidence of actual crimes, even when there was no other credible

evidence. But finally, the recording industry and California lawmakers are pushing to put an end to the practice. Today, we talk about groundbreaking legislation that could

limit how music is used as evidence in criminal court. Read the full transcript here. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times columnist Erika D. Smith More

reading: Column: America loves rap, not Black people. Don’t be fooled because this bill protects lyrics Rapper ‘Tiny Doo’ and college student arrested under

controversial gang law get day in court against police San Diego council approves $1.5M payout to two men jailed under controversial gang law This story originally

appeared in Los Angeles Times.