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It was a dramatic day in federal court on Thursday as an accused Bloods gang leader and rapper on the rise got on the witness stand to testify on his own behalf. Ronald Herron, 32, tried to counter the government's claims that he is a killer drug lord who terrorized his own community.

Herron, known as Ra Diggs, portrays the gritty lifestyle of the streets in his music videos. The aspiring rapper with a long rap sheet of drug and weapons charges tried to convince a jury that he gave up gangbanging for the murderous Mad Dog Bloods to focus on his music after his last prison term.

His childhood friend Shanduke McPhatter said prosecutors are smearing Herron with stereotypes and circumstantial evidence.

Inside the Brooklyn federal courthouse, prosecutors painted a very different picture. They allege that Herron is guilty of racketeering charges for running a drug-dealing operation in the Gowanus housing development where here grew up. They also claim he was involved in three murders and three attempted murders, and introduced his music videos as evidence.

 

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