Governor Paterson of New York announced May 23rd that Slick Rick is pardoned for shooting his cousin and another dude in 1990. He already served five years, and has been out of jail since 1997, but I guess better late than never:
“Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years,” said Governor Paterson. “In that time, he has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel youth against violence, and has become a symbol of rehabilitation for many young people. Given these demonstrated rehabilitative efforts, I urge federal immigration officials to once again grant Mr. Walters relief from deportation, so that he is not separated from his many family members who are United States citizens, including his two teenage children.”
Though the pardon didn’t prevent Rick from serving his time, it will hopefully keep him from being sent back to England. It’s kind of hard for me to believe that a guy who once told us to “treat her like a prostitute” is a symbol of rehabilitation, but I’m glad to hear that the only English rapper from the eighties who didn’t suck is going to be able to stay in his beloved Big Apple.