A Crime to Rhyme: The Admissibility of Rap Lyrics in Canadian Criminal Trials

In August 2022, the State of California restricted the use of rap lyrics by prosecutors in criminal trials by passing a Bill which now requires judicial review of rap lyrics prior to admittance. 

This new Bill across the border offers an opportunity to assess the admissibility of rap lyrics in Canadian criminal trials.

This is not a podcast that is aimed to make you like rap music. This podcast is not trying to claim that all rappers who are charged with criminal offences are innocent. This podcast is concerned with something much more simple; the denial of justice.

Our esteemed guest, Professor Lisa Kelly, joins us on this discussion to help us break down and critically analyze the use of rap lyrics in court as it concerns the law of evidence. Professor Kelly is currently an assistant professor at the Queen’s Faculty of Law where she teaches Criminal Law and Evidence and has been known for her scholarship particularly in the area of evidence.


Afsheen Chowdhury – Producer, Host, Editor, Researcher 

Nazneen Sindha – Researcher, Producer

A.J Davidson – Researcher

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Pro Bono Radio is part of the Queen’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice.

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