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4/11/2005 8:41:04 AM

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A spokesman for the national office of the NAACP said Friday that the civil rights organization is not involved with a lawsuit filed on behalf of rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller) that seeks an appeal of his 2003 second-degree murder conviction.

John C. White, director of communications for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Louisiana NAACP President Ernest Johnson on Miller's behalf. "Mr. Johnson is acting as a private attorney. The NAACP is not involved with Corey Miller's case," he said.

Johnson held a news conference Wednesday on the steps of the Governmental Building on St. Louis Street after he filed the lawsuit in state District Court. People surrounding Johnson at the event handed out a news release summarizing his statements. The news release was typed with the letterhead "NAACP Louisiana State Conference."

Johnson claimed Friday that he didn't know the news release had the Louisiana NAACP's name on it, saying that he never saw the release and that his staff may have mistakenly used the letterhead without his approval. Johnson went on to say he filed the lawsuit as a private attorney, not in his capacity as a Louisiana NAACP president, although a statement from Miller and a news release from Miller's publicist both identify Johnson as Louisiana NAACP president.

"I can't say whether that was intended to be misleading," Johnson said Friday.

Chiquita Simms, Miller's publicist, said Friday that she submitted her news release to Johnson for approval, as she does any public communication regarding Miller.

"Mr. Johnson requested that I use his title in the release," she said.

Although she issued no statement on whether she feels she was misled about the Louisiana NAACP's alleged involvement in Miller's case, she did tell reporters the Miller camp was “saddened by” the recent statements.

Miller, 34, who recently changed his stage name from C-Murder to C-Miller, is serving a life sentence without parole in Jefferson Parish Prison. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003 in the death of Steve Thomas, 16, at a nightclub in suburban New Orleans.

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