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Hip-hop pioneer Eric B. released from jail in New Jersey


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Hip-hop pioneer Eric B. released from jail in New Jersey
 

 
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HACKENSACK, New Jersey (WABC) -- One of hip-hop's pioneers has been released from jail in New Jersey after spending two weeks behind bars on a 17-year-old warrant.

Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, was arrested last month on a warrant stemming from an incident in 2001.


The rapper turned actor was part of the legendary duo Eric B. & Rakim.

He came to court Tuesday wearing a prison jump suit but left the Bergen County Jail in street clothes after paying an old fine of over $5,000.

Eric B. hit the rap scene in the late 1980s with songs that are considered classics in the hip-hop world.

But in 2001, he was driving a brand new Range Rover through Ridgefield Park when he was stopped by police for not having the proper license plate.

From there, the situation escalated into driving on a sidewalk, a police crash, and an officer being injured.

At the conclusion of the case in 2002, Barrier was told to pay the $5,000 fine. But he said his lawyer back then told him he didn't have to appear in court because he was being put in a special program called pre-trial intervention.

But Barrier's failure to show led to a bench warrant that did not resurface until he was returning from Canada recently.


He tried to resolve the issue through a lawyer but was then put in jail on Oct. 28 on the old bench warrant.

His current lawyer was successful in geting him out, but he has to return to court.

"He's looking forward to a career in acting and I think he's doing great, he really is," said Barrier's attorney Patrick Toscano. "He's a good, good guy. He's a good human being. He's not what the prosecutor portrayed him to be today in court, that's for sure."

Barrier's first lawyer was highly regarded in the legal community at one point but is now serving six life sentences in federal prison for charges including murder.

Barrier, 56, will return to court Nov. 22 to resolve the old case from the original incident in Ridgefield Park.
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 4 weeks ago '17        #2
thc 
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 phantomnation said




Barrier's first lawyer was highly regarded in the legal community at one point but is now serving six life sentences in federal prison for charges including murder.
yo deadass??/
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 4 weeks ago '19        #3
ZigZag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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New Jersey is racist, especially in Hackensack, they will give black people a hard time no matter what!


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 4 weeks ago '13        #4
North!!!  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 thc said
yo deadass??/
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 4 weeks ago '18        #5
NBA  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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He just got a gig as a cop on a tv show not too long before this happened

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 4 weeks ago '17        #6
Confidential 
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 4 weeks ago '19        #7
300mali 
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wtf did his lawyer do to go from being highly regarded in the legal community to serving six life sentences
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 4 weeks ago '13        #8
Route03X 
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Plehboi's ex lawyer though didn't think any rapper could have a worse lawyer than Max B
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 4 weeks ago '16        #9
Knucklez 
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fu*ked up but my first thought was who did eric extort now?
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 4 weeks ago '16        #10
Knucklez 
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 Route03X said
Plehboi's ex lawyer though didn't think any rapper could have a worse lawyer than Max B
lawyers are all crooks so that makes sense. But id like to hear the story cause i dont think it was murder, probably some madoff/white collar sh*t
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 4 weeks ago '14        #11
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 4 weeks ago '05        #12
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The real story here is his first lawyer...

...and how they try to slip that sh*t in the last paragraph like "oh yeah, by the way..."


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 4 weeks ago '14        #13
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Picture is smiley worthy @



:ericbohdamn:

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 4 weeks ago '18        #14
Dehone 
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Im curious about dude's lawyer. fu*k did he do?
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 4 weeks ago '13        #15
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Barrier’s attorney at the time, Paul Bergrin of Nutley, told him “there was no need to appear on the sentencing date,” Barrier's current attorney Patrick Toscano said in a letter to the court last week, according to NJ Advance Media.
Years later, in an unrelated case, according to the report, Bergrin himself was convicted of murder, cocaine, trafficking, racketeering and other crimes, for which he is serving six life sentences at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado.
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 4 weeks ago '15        #16
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 Kyu said
Picture is smiley worthy @



:ericbohdamn:

He still got his braids that's what's up cornrow gang 2020
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 4 weeks ago '15        #17
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 Knucklez said
lawyers are all crooks so that makes sense. But id like to hear the story cause i dont think it was murder, probably some madoff/white collar sh*t
Ain't that the truth but you got to pay them in Hope and trust them when your freedoms on the line
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 4 weeks ago '07        #18
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 300mali said
wtf did his lawyer do to go from being highly regarded in the legal community to serving six life sentences
 Dehone said
Im curious about dude's lawyer. fu*k did he do?
 North!!! said
Bergrin was indicted in 2011 on more than 30 counts, including witness tampering, murder, drug trafficking, racketeering and tax evasion. Prosecutors said that he enlisted his clients in his drug business, that he once ran a prostitution ring for a client in jail, that he was, in the words of one prosecutor, “a one-stop-shopping criminal enterprise.”

He allegedly ordered members of a Newark gang to k*ll Kemo DeShawn McCray, a confidential F.B.I. informant who was to serve as a crucial witness in a case against one of Mr. Bergrin’s clients.

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 4 weeks ago '13        #19
North!!!  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Despite Bergrin’s hopes, expressed in an e-mail, that God provide the neutral observer “the wisdom to see through this indictment and case,” the government brief against him is comprehensive. According to the 95-page document, Bergrin, in rough ascending order of immorality, (a) operated a real-estate scam that defrauded lenders of over $1 million; (b) ran a high-volume drug dealership big enough for 120 pounds of uncut cocaine to be found at a North Newark restaurant owned by Bergrin’s mistress and co-defendant, Yolanda Jauregui; and, most spectacularly, (c) set up witnesses to be murdered before they could testify against his clients.


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 4 weeks ago '14        #20
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 kyhoopsgoat said
Bergrin was indicted in 2011 on more than 30 counts, including witness tampering, murder, drug trafficking, racketeering and tax evasion. Prosecutors said that he enlisted his clients in his drug business, that he once ran a prostitution ring for a client in jail, that he was, in the words of one prosecutor, “a one-stop-shopping criminal enterprise.”

He allegedly ordered members of a Newark gang to k*ll Kemo DeShawn McCray, a confidential F.B.I. informant who was to serve as a crucial witness in a case against one of Mr. Bergrin’s clients.

Better call Saul a*s lawyer
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 4 weeks ago '09        #21
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 Knucklez said
lawyers are all crooks so that makes sense. But id like to hear the story cause i dont think it was murder, probably some madoff/white collar sh*t
It literally says INCLUDING murder in the OP
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 4 weeks ago '04        #22
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dont sleep, eric b. AND his lawyer were about that life.....eric kept it on the low...dude has a thorough history
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 4 weeks ago '04        #23
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He referred to as a rapper now? Lol

More like hip hop extortion/security detail pioneer...
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 4 weeks ago '18        #24
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 hedake said





dont sleep, eric b. AND his lawyer were about that life.....eric kept it on the low...dude has a thorough history
Yeah, I've seen interviews with Eric B where they tried to bring up some of his street sh*t and he like "nah, I dont know what you talking about".
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 4 weeks ago '19        #25
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 300mali said
wtf did his lawyer do to go from being highly regarded in the legal community to serving six life sentences
Probably got into some sh*t like the lawyer from Carlito’s way

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