The Supreme Court has declined to open the case of Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for further review, CNN reports. The case stems from the lyrical content of a 2012 song “Fuck The Police” that Knox released under the pseudonym Mayhem Mal. In 2014, prosecutors accused Knox of terroristic threats and intimidating witnesses, and he was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison.
Back in March, the case gained public traction when Killer Mike banded together a crew of noteworthy rappers (including Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Chance the Rapper, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe, and Styles P) to contribute to an amici curiae in defense of Knox’s lyrics: “This is a work of poetry… it is not intended to be taken literally, something that a reasonable listener with even a casual knowledge of rap would understand.” Read their entire primer here.
Written By: Salvatore Maicki