News: UPDATE: Lil' Wayne's Lawyer Says Cop Had No Right To Search Vehicle In NY Gun Case
Thursday, Sep 11, 2008 11:00AM
Written By Cyrus Langhorne
Mega superstar Lil' Wayne may be on the verge of having felony gun possession charges tossed.
According to New York's Daily News, Weezy's lawyer, Stacey Richman, appeared in court yesterday (September 10) debunking recent statements made by NY police officer Diane Hornung who testified against the rapper earlier this week. While Hornung claims she noticed marijuana smoke coming from his tour bus following a concert on July 22, 2007, Richman pointed out the officer's distance being an outstanding factor.
"She wasn't anywhere near where she said she was [at the time of the incident]," he said.
Weezy's attorney also cited various court documents that showed Hornung to be, in fact, blocks away from the scene where she was assisting another authority in the arrest of rapper Ja Rule and his entourage on separate gun charges. With this in hand, Richman claims the large gap of space from both scenes prevented the officer from any justifiable reason for searching the tour bus.
Prior to the court hearing, Hornung stressed that it was the scent of marijuana that prompted and gave her the right, as an officer, to search Weezy's vehicle.
If convicted on felony charges, the multi-platinum selling rapper faces a mandatory sentence of three and a half years behind bars. Richman told SOHH that the rapper will be back in court next week. Stay tuned to the site for updates.