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New York Governor David Paterson has granted a full and unconditional pardon to rapper Slick Rick for the attempted murders of his cousin and another man. The rapper, whose real name is Ricky Walters, served more than five years in jail after the 1991 shooting of the two men, who both survived.Federal Agents had been trying to deport the UK-born rapper since 2002. The pardon should halt these efforts. Governor Patterson says the rap star is a good citizen who does volunteer work in his community. For his part Rick says, “I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life.”

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