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Yung Joc: Proud to Be an American!

12/27/2007 8:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Yung JocRapper Yung Joc is anxious to clear his name after being arrested at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on Sunday for carrying a concealed weapon -- but not so anxious that he wants to show up in court.

Joc, real name Jasiel Robinson, missed a court appearance on Wednesday, but released a statement through his lawyer that says, "I have the utmost respect for the laws of this country and would never deliberately commit an act that would jeopardize my freedom, my family, or my career. I've worked very hard to achieve my goals, and it's unfortunate that this current situation has garnered more attention than the many donations I've made and the charitable work I've done with various organizations."

He went on to say, "I'm proud to be a citizen of America, where we are taught to believe that every person is afforded the presumption of innocence. That being said, I have full respect for the judicial system and its due process. I look forward to resolving this situation and moving forward to a positive and prosperous 2008. Best wishes to you and your families in the New Year. Thank you."

He is due back in court on January 25. The felony charge he faces carries a possible sentence of up to 18 months.


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One thing does not make sense about Yung Joc's statement: what on earth does being an American citizen have to do with being presumed innocent until proven guilty?! The presumption of innocence until being proven guilty is a very, very common legal convention throughout much of the planet and has nothing to do with being American. In fact, even in America, I believe people who are not citizens, either tourists from other countries or immigrants waiting to become citizens are presumed innocent until proven guilty if they are charged with a crime. This is typical America equals Liberty and Justice propaganda.

2499 days ago


Please stop all the trash talk about race. This is a matter of if he broke the law and if he did he should be held accountable for his crimes just like any other red blooded americans would even if they are black, white or even asian. If you do the crime you do the time. If Yung Joc did not show up for his court date there should be a warrent issued form his arrest. That is the letter of the law. It should not matter if he is a seleb or not.

2499 days ago


No, you cannot just put the gun in your checked luggage if you have a concealed weapon permit. You must check it in at the counter in its own case and declare that there is a firearm in it. I would check with your airline first as they may have other restrictions other than the TSA Guidelines at You can also go to to look up concealed carry permit information by state.

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