News: Rap Lawyer Speaks On Lil Wayne's Gun Case, "You Should Not Have A Gun In New York"
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 12:30PM
New York attorney Scott Leemon, who has represented Jim Jones and 50 Cent in the past, has addressed Lil Wayne's guilty plea to felony gun possession and detailed why the rapper's year behind bars may have been the best choice.
According to Leemon, Wayne got off easy due his 2007 gun case having taken place in New York where the laws are typically more strict than other regions.
Had the rapper not struck a deal with prosecutors, he could have been looking at a mandatory minimum of three and a half years in prison if he was found guilty by trial. It's worth noting that the minimum sentence was raised in 2006 after the New York Legislature passed a bill that increased the mark at the behest of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Basically, the old law required someone to have a loaded weapon and intend to use it [before] the mandatory minimum would kick in," Leemon said in an interview. "And basically, what they did is they took that out of the law. So the mere possession of a loaded weapon in New York State is a felony. That's why you should not have a gun in New York." (MTV)
Wayne's plea was confirmed Thursday (October 22) morning.
Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. His trial had been due to start Jan. 20. (Associated Press)
Lil Wayne reportedly hired a former FBI geneticist to help him in his New York felony gun case and prove his innocence over the summer.
Lil Wayne is hoping Bruce Budowle will get him off the hook for the .40-caliber semiautomatic cops grabbed from his tour bus near Columbus Circle two years ago.Wayne has hired him in hopes of challenging the DNA test that matched him to cells swabbed off the gun. Budowle is set to argue that, with too few cells to test conventionally, Manhattan prosecutors relied instead on a problematic test called low copy number typing, according to court papers. (The New York Post)
Rappers like Juelz Santana and Jim Jones resorted to Twitter to give their reactions to Wayne's plea.
"Thts crazy lil Wayne gets a year for a hand pistol and ti gets the same tome for having army issued rifles wit silencers U tell me wtf," Jones wrote Thursday afternoon via Twitter. (Jim Jones' Twitter)
Check out a recent Lil Wayne interview below: