Young Calico(rapper/dog fighter) Needs Stopped

  • by: Dianne Lynn Elko
  • target: Wayne County Judge Katherine L. Hansen in Detroit's 36th District Court.

He needs to pay for what he did to these animals,Judge Katherine L. Hansen we pleed with you to do all you can under your state law.Thank you.

We can do better than this to give just punishment to this man,up-date on 1/4/13


UP-DATE 1/24/13

DETROIT, MI – Based on the pace of a felony animal cruelty case involving Detroit battle rapper Young Calicoe, it appears that a verdict on the matter won’t be reached until late winter or early spring – at the earliest.

Judge Katherine L. Hansen, of Detroit’s 36th District Court will revisit the case 2 p.m. Friday after a twice-postponed preliminary exam for Calicoe began Thursday afternoon with testimony from a Michigan Humane Society animal cruelty investigator.

The legal council representing Calicoe, whose real name is Toranio Hightower, and two other defendants, is expected to cross-examine investigator Mark Ramos in Friday’s portion of the hearing.

Ramos was first questioned in court Thursday by Wayne County assistant prosecutor Raj Prasad.

Ramos shared what he found during a July raid of a Detroit home including photos of what he claims were antibiotics and syringes – items often seen used to treat injured dogs.

“These are typically seen to treat wounds,” said Ramos, who mentioned that all the eight dogs in the home were examined by a veterinarian.

Once the defense’s cross-examination of Ramos is complete Friday, both the prosecution and defense are expected to meet back in court 2 p.m. Feb. 28.

Hansen has yet to rule whether or not an MTV Cribs-style video, featuring Calicoe and the two other defendants, can be used in court as evidence.

Prasad’s questioning of Ramos on the witness stand was limited to what the investigator saw at the Detroit home that appeared to be featured in the video.

Ramos mentioned he also saw kennels and chicken coops inside and outside the home on Outer Drive in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood.

Calicoe’s attorney Warren Harris argued in court Thursday that the video doesn’t prove that an actual crime was committed, and therefore should be thrown out of court.

Words, in what Harris claims was a skit for a rap video, aren’t illegal, he said.

“I was watching ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ the other night, and she (said) she shot Tupac,” said Harrison, giving his example of fiction to Hansen. “You need to get a warrant against her!”

Hightower is charged with conspiracy to gamble (5 years maximum – if convicted), animal fighting (4 years) and conspiracy to commit animal fighting (4 years).

Two other Detroit natives are also charged with crimes: Savay Chokbengboun, 31, and Cassandra Faye Worthington, 26.

Chokbegboun is charged with Conspiracy to Gamble  (5 years), 5 counts of Animal Fighting (4 years), Conspiracy to Commit Animal Fighting (4 Years), Possessing Animal Fighting Equipment (5 years) and Cruelty to Animals (2 years).

Worthington is charged with 5 counts of Animal Fighting (4 years) and Conspiracy to Commit Animal Fighting (4 Years), Possessing Animal Fighting Equipment (5 years) and Cruelty to Animals (2 years).

The charges were filed once five cruelty investigators and the Detroit Police Department matched the house with the one shot in the video and found eight dogs, three hens, three rosters, several pigeons and a rabbit.


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