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Rapper Lil' Kim wants more than 40 jurors dismissed

UPI News Service, 02/26/2005 

Rapper Lil' Kim, accused of perjury, moved to have 40 prospective jurors dismissed from her New York trial because they were critical of her.

Lil' Kim, also known as Kimberly Jones, is charged with lying to a grand jury about a Feb. 21, 2001, shooting she allegedly witnessed involving two bodyguards, the New York Post reported Saturday.

Damion "D-Roc" Butler and Suif "Gutta" Jackson have pleaded guilty to gun charges for the shooting that occurred outside radio station Hot 97 in Greenwich Village.

"She's a rapper who wears a lot of diamonds," one prospective juror wrote in a questionnaire. "She seems like she would do almost anything for money."

Another juror wrote Lil' Kim was "too blatantly sexual for my liking."

Federal Judge Gerald Lynch said the "negative views" make it all but certain the jurors will be disqualified.

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