News: Ja Rule Loses Gun Battle In New York City Court
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 5:40PM
A New York City judge thwarted Ja Rule's attempt to keep a loaded gun found in his car in 2007 from being used against him in a weapons-possession case.
The former Murder Inc. artist appeared in a New York courtroom today.
A judge said "no" Wednesday to the argument by the platinum-selling artist's that the gun was found during an unjustified police stop of his Maybach sports car after a July 2007 concert. Prosecutors say the stop was warranted because the car had no insurance and a suspended registration. The judge did throw out another piece of evidence: the rapper's statement to police that he had a bit of marijuana in his pocket. He isn't charged with drug possession. (ABC News)
An attorney for Rule has also addressed the situation.
The judge did throw the rapper one crumb -- his helpful statement to cops that he had "a little weed" in his pocket can't be used against him. "We disagree with the decision, but we'll tend to other issues now," said defense lawyer Stacey Richman. Next fight for the hip-hop big will be against the methodology investigators used to match a microscopic amount of DNA recovered from the gun to Ja's own profile, Richman said. (NY Post)
The situation stems from a 2007 arrest in New York City.
Manhattan judge Wednesday tossed out a statement by rapper Ja Rule saying he had "a little bit of weed in my pocket" the night he was busted on gun charges. But the marijuana and gun that were found in his car when he and two friends were pulled over after leaving a Lil Wayne & Friends concert at the Beacon Theater in July 2007 will remain as evidence in the case. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, has pleaded not guilty in the case. (NY Daily News)
Rule also discussed today's appearance on his Twitter page.
"Up early headed to court ugh... Pray for me lol!!!," Rule wrote. "Just left court still no verdict!!! Gotta love the hood tho ppl was like yo weezy be here feb. 9th like he's doin a show lmao..." (Ja Rule's Twitter)
No further details have been released as of now.