Santa Barbara County prosecutors were not successful in court last month charging a 20-year-old aspiring rap artist with felony threats against a witness.� Now those prosecutors have returned to court to ask another judge to reconsider the case.
Anthony Murillo of Orcutt saw charges against him dismissed last month.� He had written a rap song posted to the Internet with lyrics referring to a rape case against his friend Shane Villalpando.
"The basic argument is that the song was a true threat and not protected by the First Amendment", says prosecutor and deputy District Attorney Jennifer Karapetian.
Last month the first judge in Murillo's case dismissed the charges against him.
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office is now asking another judge to review the same evidence in the case.