Court is­sues or­der on DMX

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR -

Rap­per DMX was or­dered con­fined to his sub­ur­ban New York City home Fri­day by a judge who said he re­peat­edly vi­o­lated bail con­di­tions on tax fraud charges.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Jed Rakoff also said the rap­per must wear an elec­tronic bracelet and ask his per­mis­sion at least a week in ad­vance if he wants to travel.

“A very strong ar­gu­ment could be made for keep­ing him in jail,” Rakoff said, but he added that ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties are some­times too quick in the U.S. to in­car­cer­ate peo­ple be­fore trial.

Pros­e­cu­tors say DMX owes $1.7 mil­lion in taxes. They say he moved hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in mu­sic roy­alty in­come into his man­agers’ bank ac­counts, let­ting them pay him in cash so he could hide it from the IRS. He has pleaded not guilty.

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