“In 2000, Forté was arrested at Newark International Airport after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine; he was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute. He was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory minimum 14 years after being found guilty, and incarcerated at FCI Loretto, a low-security federal prison in central Pennsylvania.
Carly Simon and her son Ben Taylor have been advocates on Forte’s behalf, believing he did not receive a fair trial, fought for an appeal of the mandatory minimum drug laws that remove a judge’s discretion in a case; they met Forté through Taylor’s cousin who was a classmate of Forté’s at Phillips Exeter.
With the help of Senator Orrin Hatch, Forté’s prison sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush on November 24, 2008. He was released from prison four weeks later December 22.
Forté recently recorded a cover of Kanye West’s “Homecoming” with Talib Kweli. In the song, he discusses the issues surrounding his jail time. The music video was posted on Okayplayer.com on January 17, 2009.”-SOURCES- wikipedia.
A story of grace and redemption, the life and times of john fort’e has inspired many. The humbiling experience of prison, what it taught him, as well as the mistakes he has made has crafted john into a story, and a new voice as an elder to this generation. It teaches all the importance of the human soul, beyond materialsm, the economic, and social rat-races of our societies. A hungry and enriching song, peep “Homecoming”..keep on keepin on Mr. fort’e..
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