Methuen Teen Rapper Will Sit In Jail Awhile Longer

The prosecution got a month delay in the trial of Cameron D’Ambrosio

Cameron D'Ambrosio. Photo via YouTube

Cameron D’Ambrosio. Photo via YouTube

The aspiring rapper from Methuen High who’s been sitting in jail for five weeks since posting a Facebook status his peers and police interpreted as a threat to outdo the Boston Marathon bombings will have to sit in jail awhile longer yet.

Cameron D’Ambrosio appeared in court for a probable cause hearing Monday, during which prosecutors would typically show they have enough evidence to bring the charge of “communicating a terrorist threat.” But the prosecution asked for a delay, according to the Eagle-Tribune, which the judge granted them for up to 30 days. That means D’Ambrosio will remain incarcerated without bail at least until his next hearing on June 27.

D’Ambrosio was arrested on May 1 after he posted these lyrics (according to FreeCameron.org) to his Facebook:

All you haters keep my [bleepin'] name outcha mouths, got it? what the [bleep] do I gotta do to get some props and [bleep] huh? Ya’ll wanme to [bleeping] kill somebody?. What the [bleep] do these [bleeping] demons want from me? [Bleeping] bastards I ain’t no longer a person, I’m not in reality, So when u see me [bleeping] go insane and make the news, the paper, and the [bleeping] federal house of horror known as the white house, Don’t [bleeping] cry or be worried because all YOU people [bleeping] caused this [bleep].

[Bleep] a boston bominb wait till u see the [bleep] I do, I’ma be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!

The words were apparently rap lyrics, and police say they haven’t found physical evidence indicating D’Ambrosio planned to follow up with violence. Since his arrest, he’s attracted the support of civil liberties groups. A petition organized by Fight for the Future and Center for Rights, sister groups concerned with internet freedom, has garnered over 90,000 signatures calling for his release. Over a dozen supporters appeared in court along with D’Ambrosio’s father.

“We’re talking about a Facebook post that is one paragraph long, and they’ve had ample time to prepare. They have not shown that they have a case here, and while they drag their feet a family is suffering,” said Evan Greer, Fight for the Future and Center for Rights’ campaign manager in a statement.

District Court Judge Lynn Rooney ordered D’Ambrosio held without bail last month, and an appeal in Salem Superior Court was denied.

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  • Scott

    Why isn’t Snoop Dog behind bars where his rapping talks about drive by shootings, rapes, murders and drug dealing.
    What Cameron D’Ambrosio rapped about may have been distasteful but it’s not illegal.

    Kids are growing up listening to all theses rappers becoming famous and making a lot of money about making songs about the horrors of life and it is shameful for the Police, court system and to the Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts.