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July 6, 2005

Lil' Kim gets more than a lil' prison time

As reported in this AP story, SDNY District Judge Gerard Lynch today sentenced Grammy-winning rapper Lil' Kim "to a year and a day in prison and fined [her] $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station."  The AP report and this Reuters account of the sentencing suggest that prosecutors sought a guideline sentence of at least 33 months, so Judge Lynch apparently granted a departure or a Booker variance to give Lil' Kim only a year-and-a-day.  (As all good federal attorneys should know, a federal sentence of a year-and-a-day is actually better than a sentence of just one year, because it makes the defendant eligible to earn good-time credit to reduce the actual time served in prison to around 10 months.)

More on the case, and on the rapper, can be found at Lil' Kim's fan website.  Notably, the AP report states that Judge Lynch "said he had considered the public perception of sending a young black entertainer to prison far longer than Martha Stewart, who spent five months in prison and remains under house arrest."  I find this especially interesting because, as detailed in this prior post, instructions posted on Lil' Kim's fan website before the sentencing asked her fans, when writing to Judge Lynch, "to refrain from drawing comparisons to Martha Stewart."

UPDATE: Ellen Podgor at the White Collar Crime Prof Blog shares thoughtful observations about the Lil' Kim sentencing here.

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Hi, I found your site on Google and I'm hoping you can help settle a debate.

There's been an ongoing dialogue where I work over the details of the Lil Kim case compared/contrasted to the Martha Stewart case. One employee contends that "the system" is unjust because Lil Kim got more time than Martha Stewart did. I've rebutted that Stewart's crime is usually punished with a fine, however she received jail time to make an example out of her. Moreover, Kim's crime is usually punished by years in prison for each offense - she committed numerous offenses - however she was given a slap on the wrist.

The questions we're looking for answers to are:
- What were the exact crimes each woman was charged with?
- What are the min/max sentences for those crimes?
- How do these women's sentences compare to the average sentences for those crimes?
- What was the rationale behind the length/severity of each woman's sentence?

Thanks so much in advance.

Posted by: Marceau | Jul 20, 2005 4:30:21 PM

I hope Lil Kim gets a birthday spanking in prison.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 19, 2005 12:22:13 PM

Lil' Kim Exposed Again in BET's Lil' Kim: The Countdown to Lockdown -- Black Entertainment Television executives Tuesday defended a new reality series about rap diva Lil' Kim as she prepares to go to prison, saying the show didn't glorify her situation.

After promoting "Lil' Kim: The Countdown to Lockdown" as presenting the real Kimberly Jones - "her words, her life, her way" - the network officials backpedaled a bit when asked whether promoting her as going to jail "mouth shut and head held high" was tacitly approving her silence and perjury regarding the shootout involving her friends and some rivals.

"It's a very serious look at her life and her choices, and the consequences of those choices," said Reginald Hudlin, the filmmaker who joined BET as its new entertainment president last summer. The program would not, he assured, take either the subject or the sentence - Lil' Kim was sentenced to a year and a day - lightly.

Posted by: TidewaterAlive | Jan 15, 2006 8:06:25 PM

I was very upset to hear that Kimberly Jones
got sentenced. However, Martha Stewart went
to a camp. Kim is away in prison. It's
not fair. I am not an attorney, defense
lawyer or anything like that. I am an office
assistant. Kim, hold your head up and come
out and shine like the diamond you are.

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