Tupac Shakur and Other Rich Felons Who Bonded Out While Appealing Convictions (UPDATED)

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Goodman and Tupac, out on bail.
UPDATE 5/18: Goodman was released from jail this morning and is now home in Wellington.

5/17: When polo mogul John Goodman goes home to Wellington to serve house arrest while appealing his conviction for DUI manslaughter, he will join a prestigious group of felons who had a similar luxury. As we noted yesterday, Boynton Beach femme fatale Dalia Dippolito is currently out on a $500,000 bond while appealing her conviction for solicitation to commit murder. But she's not alone:

Tom DeLay, longtime Republican congressman from Texas and former House Majority Leader, is currently out on bail while appealing his conviction for conspiracy and money laundering charges related to corporate campaign donations.

Former media mogul Conrad Black was temporarily released from prison while he
pursued an appeal that ultimately reduced his prison sentence for defrauding investors. Black has now completed his three-year prison term and is living in Canada.

Even the immortal rapper Tupac Shakur knew how to work the justice system. According to Jet magazine, a New York judge released Shakur on a $1.4 million bond in 1995 while the rapper appealed a conviction for allegedly raping sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur served several months in prison before the the bond was posted by his recording label, Death Row Records.

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Tabatha Walsh
Tabatha Walsh

Some incorrect statements in your article.

Tupac Shakur served 11 months in a maximum security prison before being granted bail, that's no walk in the park. He was also not in for rape, he was in for sexual assault which was the charge of "forcibly touching the buttocks with his hand without asking permission". So Tupac was sentenced to 1 and 1/2 to 4 years in prison for grabbing a womans bottom. He and two other men where accused of gang raping the woman at first, but Tupac and the Two other men had been found not guilty as there was no medical evidence of any penetration, scarring, or even DNA that it took place even though she supposedly went to the police straight after it happened. The Jury ruled that a gang rape couldn't possibly of taken place without leaving a single trace of evidence. They dismissed the charge and found all men including Shakur innocent. There was also another female eye witness in the hotel lobby that testified she heard the accuser arguing with Shakur accusing him of cheating on her, and that she was going to tell everyone he raped her.However a separate charge of groping the womans buttocks Tupac was found guilty as he openly admitted it - as he was in a prior relationship with the woman he argued that it wasn't inappropriate behaviour and an act of intimacy. However the law is the law and you can't touch someone, girlfriend or not, without permission even if the permission is implied. So the Jury ruled him guilty on that charge.

What nobody expected, including the Jury, was for Tupac to get such a harsh sentence after fighting for his life on a previous bogus rape charge that would have gotten him 20 years if convicted. The Judge sentenced him to 1 and a half to fours years in prison due to his previous but albeit minor convictions. He also sentenced him to a maximum security stay to make things even worse.

However the plot thickened and while 8 months in prison he was granted 1.5 million bail to await an appeal when it became suspect that the prosecution hid or lost evidence of a answering machine recording of the woman leaving a sexually explicit message on his answering machine, which directly contradicted her testimony on the second charge of the hand touching being inappropriate and out of the blue. Even though his appeal and bail was granted 8 months into his term, he had to spend another 3 months in prison because he was broke, all his money was gone into legal fees. He was bailed out on the 11th month by Suge Knight in exchange for a 3 CD record contract.

So there you have it, it's hardly an example of a celebrity getting off lightly, it's the exact opposite in fact. He spent 11 months in prison over a very controversial ruling, and had to stay in prison longer than he should have due to not being able to bail himself out. But most importantly, he was found not guilty of rape. He never went to prison for rape, which just goes to show you how stigmatic a false rape charge is because 15 years after his death people are writing articles like it actually happened.  


Wow. Thanks for that!

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Thanks for the info, Tabatha. The post has been corrected.

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