Court Says Rap Video Was Threat to Police, Not Free Speech


Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding the conviction a rapper for threatening police, saying lyrics that named two Pittsburgh ficers were "highly personalized."

Supreme Court justices ruled Tuesday that lyrics in the song Jamal Knox recorded after being arrested on drug charges weren't protected by free speech rights.   

An ficer found a YouTube video in 2012 the 24-year-old Knox performing the song. That prompted charges witness intimidation and terroristic threats.   

Knox argued the song was strictly artistic in nature and he didn't intend to threaten police or have the video released publicly.

But the court's ruling says Knox selectively targeted the ficers in response to their prior interactions.   

Knox's lawyer fered no immediate comment.