A$AP Rocky did testify at his Stockholm criminal trial (update)

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Everything I know about criminal trials, I learned from OG Law & Order, which was my jam in high school and beyond. I loved the old-school L&O incarnations, the ones with Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth, and I’m a fan of the Jesse L. Martin seasons too. Basically, anything with Sam Waterson at the ADA. So, trying to talk about this A$AP Rocky case and Swedish justice is a trip, because it really does sound like the same kind of legal strategies are in play. Blame the victim, who has a violent criminal record. Avoid self-incrimination. Don’t let the prosecution get a crack at the defendant on the stand. Let the evidence speak for itself. TMZ has an update on Rocky’s Stockholm trial for assault:

A$AP Rocky has a story to tell about why he attacked the aggressive guy who unrelentingly harassed him and his crew … but he’s going to let others do the talking because TMZ has learned his plan is NOT to take the stand in his assault case. Our Rocky sources tell TMZ … the strategy in the Swedish court is very similar to the way it would go down in the United States. Criminal defendants typically don’t take the stand, because prosecutors can pound away at even a small weakness, flustering the defendant and making him look bad before the judges.

As we reported, the prosecutor claims Rocky had a safe exit that day on the street … they claim he could have just walked away, and that’s a point the prosecutor would hammer away at if Rocky got on the stand. We’re told the defense case will rely heavily on the various videos showing the alleged victim following Rocky and his crew on the streets of Stockholm and harassing them aggressively. There’s video showing Rocky pleading with the man to leave them alone, saying he did NOT want to fight.

We also know on Thursday, Rocky’s lawyer plans to grill the alleged victim like a cheeseburger, asking why he would not leave Rocky and his crew alone. The alleged victim claimed he believed he was going to die in the attack … and Rocky’s lawyers want to challenge him on that.

TMZ broke the story, the alleged 19-year-old victim was convicted of assault himself 2 years ago over a fight in Stockholm. The PLAN is for Rocky NOT to take the stand, but it could change depending on the rest of the prosecution’s case … although we’re told it’s “highly unlikely” the lawyer will call Rocky. FYI … Sweden has a similar law as the United States that protects people from self-incrimination.

[From TMZ]

I wonder what the Swedish version of L&O’s DUN-DUN sound effect would be? Probably an ABBA clip. Anyway, it really does sound like for all of the cries of “Swedish justice is different,” this case has progressed similarly to how it would have progressed in America. There would have been a racial/racist tinge here as well, the victim’s criminal past would have been exploited, and Rocky probably would have been kept off the stand. But here’s a question: would Rocky’s fame have meant that he wouldn’t have even been charged in America? Perhaps.

Update: Okay, so after all that, it turns out that Rocky did take the stand and he told his side of the story, which is that he repeatedly tried to defuse the situation and repeatedly asked these two men to leave him and his bodyguards alone. The men kept harassing them though – you can read coverage here at Rolling Stone.

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  1. Jellybean says:

    All I have to say is that the pink suit looks nice, but the other outfit is silly.

  2. Still_Sarah says:

    The headline “But his lawyers have a strategy”. Huh? Well, of course, they do – they’re not going in unprepared. They are probably costing A$AP Rocky a small fortune and for that, I would expect very high quality legal work. Such a Law & Order headline! :) I practiced criminal law for a few years and I found that all of the lawyers there (cheap and expensive) hate to lose and love to win.

  3. Easternflower says:

    A$AP Rocky is testifying right now!
    I’m following a Danish news website where they are reporting live from the Court room.

  4. adastraperaspera says:

    I’m sticking to my opinion that this is all a set-up. Harvey Levin (big buddy of Trump) at TMZ breaking the story makes me suspicious. Kanye and Kim jumping in using their communication channels to amplify it does too. I believe it’s a way to attack the Swedish legal system and smear it in the press. Putin is trying to weaken that country in any way possible.

    • Original Jenns says:

      A few years ago, I’d say your comment was in the tinfoil hat arena. Now, nothing would surprise me.

  5. Original Jenns says:

    If Sweden law is similar to American law, then I think to claim self defense he would have to testify. No one else can testify to what he was thinking/intending to do/how he was feeling. Certain defenses mean the defendant must testify, which leaves them open to Spreigl evidence, so it really does need a very good strategy if the defense goes for it.

  6. Eliza says:

    In America i doubt this would have gone to criminal trial. We dont really enforce equal force laws for self defense if the states have them. This would be a civil suit for damages.

  7. Sarah says:

    Ok I am just LAUGHING at the ‘ABBA clip’ comment. Made my day.