State Ends Settlement Talks With Simmons

The New York State

Lobbying Commission ended settlement talks with Russell Simmons and Benjamin Chavis,

of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

The settlement

talks were in relation to a federal lawsuit Simmons and Chavis filed contesting

the states rights to investigate whether or not Simmons, Chavis and the Hip-Hop

Summit Action Network were illegally lobbying to change the Rockefeller drug


The drug laws call

for harsh sentencing for certain types of drug possession violations, which

many feel target black and hispanic males.