News: Lil Wayne Strikes Luck In Court, Judge Approves Rapper's Request
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 6:24PM
Grammy-winning rapper Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter has reportedly been granted additional time from an Arizona judge to prepare for an upcoming felony drug and weapons charges trial.
The "Greatest Rapper Alive" will now be due in court this fall.
Carter's motor home had originally been stopped and searched at Dateland, near Yuma. Border Patrol agents reportedly found drugs and weapons in the vehicle. This week, after several delays, Carter was back in court in Yuma, only to be told to come back in October. The attorney for the rapper has requested additional information from the Border Patrol, concerning the search, and the use of K-9's. The defense attorney is now asking for an evidence list from the scene. The judge granted the defense requests, delaying the trial once again. (KXO Radio)
In addition to the evidence list, Weezy's attorneys wanted additional time to inspect the canines' trainers.
Another concern his lawyers had was confusion on what the canines were trained to search for, whether it was humans, drugs or both. Now the judge is allowing Lil Wayne's attorneys to interview the dog handlers. (KYMA News)
Attorney James Tilson told an Arizona judge, earlier this summer, the United States Border Patrol had not yet released records he requested at the beginning of the year.
Tilson said border officials told the Yuma County Attorney's Office they do not plan to release the training record of the drug-sniffing dog used in the incident. "If the dog is not reliable, then that puts the entire probable cause for the stop into question," he said. Tilson also plans to renew a request for any video recorded by border cameras the day the rapper was stopped. (Associated Press)
Wayne was also given more time for a separate lawsuit involving copyright infringement allegations.
A federal judge has agreed to postpone a trial for a lawsuit that accuses rapper Lil Wayne of sampling another artist's work without permission. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman didn't immediately set a new date for the trial that was scheduled to start October 26. The copyright infringement suit claims Lil Wayne failed to secure permission to sample folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" on his track "I Feel Like Dying." (NOLA News)
Check out past footage of Lil Wayne heading to court below: