Slick Rick A Free Man 

11-08-03 Keavin
Rapper Slick Rick is now a free man. He was released on Friday, after spending 17 months in the federal immigration detention center in Bradenton, Florida. 

He emerged from the detention center with his INS lawyer, Alex Solomiany. His immediate plans were to fly home to New York and reunite with his wife and children. 

"Feels good. I look at it as a new beginning," Slick Rick said after being release. 

He also elaborated on what it was like behind bars, "I had a lot of love. Everybody's going through their own drama, everybody's stressed out with their own cases. We all kind of bonded together to some degree."

From an earlier report: A U.S. District Court Judge ordered the release of rapper "Slick Rick" Walters from jail and halted his deportation. Walters has been in jail for a year and a half for immigrations violations, pending deportation.  

Judge Kimba Wood reinstated a 1995 waiver that allows the English rapper to remain in the United States despite his having been convicted of attempted murder in 1991.

Walters spent more than three years in jail for that felony conviction and according to U.S. immigration law was deportable because of it.   

Walters was arrested last summer when he attempted to re-enter the U.S. following a Caribbean cruise. He was to be deported last December but Judge Wood put a stop to it.  

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