'Stop Snitching' video producer on trial in Md.
The producer of the notorious "Stop Snitching" DVDs is on trial in federal court in Baltimore.
Ronnie Thomas, also known as "Skinny Suge," is accused of racketeering conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say he was part of a subset of the Bloods gang known as the Tree Top Pirus.
The leader of the gang, Steve Willock, ran it out of prison in western Maryland. Willock has already pleaded guilty and will testify against Thomas.
Lawyers for Thomas and co-defendant Sherman Pride said in opening statements Tuesday that the government doesn't have much evidence against their clients.
Prosecutors plan to introduce the second “Stop Snitching” DVD as evidence. The first DVD featured a brief appearance by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who apologized and denounced its content.
Akiba Matthews, the cameraman for the profane street critique of police informants, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on federal drug and gun charges in August 2008. Authorities said his November 2007 arrest was made possible by an anonymous tip.
-- Associated Press and staff reports
Washington Post Editors
January 20, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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