Judge orders Pitchfork Media to surrender Chief Keef video
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org December 5, 2012 2:06PM
Keith Cozart, a k a Chief Keef, leaves Cook County Juvenile Court after a hearing on Oct. 17, 2012. I John H. White~Sun-Times
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:17AM
Chicago rapper Chief Keef suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a judge ordered Pitchfork Media to turn over a video showing the teenager holding a gun.
Cook County prosecutors plan to use the video at a hearing on Dec. 17, when they will try to send the rapper back to jail for alleged probation violations.
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, is on probation in juvenile court for allegedly pointing a gun at Chicago Police officers.
Prosecutors said the June 6 video shows that the 17-year-old violated a court order to not handle a firearm while on probation.
Pitchfork, a Chicago-based Internet music publication, argued the video was protected under the Illinois Reporter’s Privilege Act. Chief Keef did an interview with Pitchfork at a New York gun range and is shown holding a rifle.
A Pitchfork attorney noted that the video was already posted online. But prosecutors said they needed the original copy for evidence. Judge Carl Anthony Walker ordered Pitchfork to give the uncut video to prosecutors by next Wednesday.
The judge has allowed Chief Keef to live in California while his case is pending. He has been recording an album, “Finally Rich,” which is scheduled for release on Dec. 18.