Potential jurors are tested on hip-hop

Oct. 24, 2005 at 9:04 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Potential jurors in the New York money laundering trial of the founding brothers of hip-hop label Murder Inc. took a written test to determine their Rap-Q.

The 22-page questionnaire given to the federal jury pool of 125 sought their opinions of rap music, asked if they were fans of a number of hip-hop's superstars including Ashanti and Ja Rule, who rose to fame on Murder Inc., now known as The Inc., the New York Post reported Monday.

The government charges Irv and Chris "Gotti" Lorenzo started their label with seed money from drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff and laundered his drug money through their record dealings.

Chris Lorenzo's attorney Gerald Shargel told the Post the government will not be able to prove its case when the trial begins Nov. 14.

"The plain answer is they can't, because the Lorenzos didn't do anything wrong," Shargel said.

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