Apparently our good pal Slick Rick got into some trouble back in the 90s. He shot and wounded his cousin whom he’d accused of trying to kill him. It’s quite the tale, and Slick Rick had already served some jail time for this crime.
Governor David Paterson, the new governor of New York, has decided to pardon Slick Rick. In the official statement, they say that Slick Rick has been living without incident since this offence, and so I guess has been keeping his nose pretty clean.
Apparently, according to Pitchfork, the pardon comes because Slick Rick is facing deportation. The US likes to deport foreigners who commit crimes in the US, and I guess Rick is still technically a UK citizen. So, Paterson says “in order to allow Walters to seek relief from deportation from the federal immigration courts”, they will unconditionally pardon him.
Hopefully Rick gets to stay.