A New York judge today (Sept. 5) postponed rapper Busta Rhymes trial until November after the prosecutor and the defense lawyer said they were not ready to begin. Rhymes, who has rejected a plea deal that would have given him a year in jail, was ordered to appear in court Nov. 7 for hearings on charges of attacking two men, driving drunk and driving with a suspended license. He is accused of beating a fan and kicking a former employee last year, and also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and driving drunk. West Coast rapper the Game was ordered yesterday (Sept. 4) to stand trial on three felony charges after he allegedly pulled a gun during a pickup basketball game at an educational center in South Los Angeles. The rapper, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, faces counts of making criminal threats, possession of a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm on the grounds of a facility for minors. A Superior Court commissioner ordered him arraigned on Sept. 25. Taylor remains free on $50,000 bail. If convicted, he could face more than five years in prison.
Busta Rhymes was sentenced to three years of probation for two separate assaults in 2006. Busta (A.K.A. Trevor Smith) dropped his innocent plea last January to avoid a trial and a one-year prison stay. Busta pleaded guilty to assault, two driving infractions and weapons possession and began serving his sentence on Tuesday. In December 2006 Busta was charged with beating up his chauffeur, and an August 2006 incident in which he attacked a fan that spat on his car. Busta told reporters outside the courtroom, "I have no problem being a good dude because that's what I am." Way to got Busta!
Busta Rhymes (A.K.A. Trevor Smith) was in a Manhattan, New York, court room yesterday to learn his fate in four separate cases ranging from DUI to assault. Busta ended up getting three years' probation and 10 days of community service for his two assault cases. The assaults include one involving his former driver and the other for beating up a fan who spat on his SUV. Busta's received fines for the two other cases. He was ordered to pay $1,250, plus court costs, for driving while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license. The judge also sentenced him to attend a DWI program. Busta stated afterward, "I just want to say that I'm very grateful to the judge, and I'm very grateful to the system. I believe in the system." Yea right, he's just happy he didn't get jail time.