Wednesday, February 25, 2009

No Break For Weezy

The handgun found on rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus after a 2007 concert will be allowed as evidence in his upcoming trial for criminal gun possession. The rapper, real name Dwayne Carter, was arrested in July 2007 after a concert at New York's Beacon Theatre when a police officer said she boarded the bus because she smelled marijuana, and then saw the star attempt to hide a gun. Wayne pleaded not guilty and was freed on $70,000 bail, with his lawyers arguing the officer falsely claimed to smell the drug so she could board the bus. New York State Supreme Court Judge Charles Solomon on Tuesday (24Feb09) ordered jury selection to begin immediately following the rapper's U.S. tour, which completes on 12 April (09). Weezy F, 26, will face one count of criminal weapons possession and one charge of criminal possession of a loaded weapon when his trial begins on 20 April (09). According to a spokeswoman at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, he will face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years if convicted.