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Snoop Dogg Pleads Not Guilty for Baton Charges

Posted by Dresonic on January 25, 2007

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Rapper Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, pleaded not guilty in an Orange County, Calif., court to a felony charge of knowingly possessing a dangerous weapon. He was caught trying to bring a collapsible baton on an airplane in his laptop case. Security personnel discovered the baton in his bag as he went through a security checkpoint at John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California on September 27.

His attorney, Donald Etra, entered the not guilty plea on the rapper’s behalf Wednesday. If convicted Snoop Dogg could face up to three years in prison, People magazine said. He remains free for now on $150,000 bail.

“Snoop’s not guilty plea says it all,” Etra told People, saying the item was a movie prop. “Snoop never intended it to be used as anything other than a prop.”

Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Susan Schroeder said her office was pursuing the charge as a felony because of Snoop Dogg’s criminal history and “his apparent and continued disregard for the law.”

Snoop Dogg claims, as he did from the beginning, the baton was a prop for a movie he was to film in New York. It sounds pretty much a blatant fabrication, it’s much more likely that he just had the thing in his laptop case and forgot about it. Snoopy has a dark history of violence in airports. In May this year, Snoop Dogg and five members of his entourage spent the night in a London prison after a fight in the Heathrow British Airways business lounge left seven police officers injured. The Snoop Dogg group started the fight after they were barred from entering the lounge. The rapper has now been banned from travelling with BA.

Snoop was also banned from entering the UK ever again. According to reports, he has now been told his criminal record in his native America – which includes drug and gun offences – bars him from returning to Britain. Snoop was a member of a local Crips gang in Long Beach, the Rollin’ 20 Crips. Goldie Loc of Tha Eastsidaz is also a former member of this gang, as are Warren G and Nate Dogg.

Convicted for a 1990 cocaine trafficking arrest, he is forbidden from possessing firearms for the rest of his life. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office also is considering whether to file charges against him for two arrests involving weapons and drugs:

Broadus was arrested Oct. 26 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank for investigation of being a felon in possession of a gun and transportation of marijuana. On Nov. 28, he was arrested outside NBC Studios in Burbank for investigation of illegally having a firearm, cocaine, marijuana and a false compartment in his vehicle, reports AP.

“He had a collapsible baton, and it is classified as a dangerous weapon,” said Jim Amormoni, the Orange Country sheriff’s department spokesman said last year about the 21-inch (53cm) collapsible baton.

Calvin Broadus’ mother nicknamed him “Snoopy” as a child because he would watch Charlie Brown cartoons often, and he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg when he began recording. He changed his name to Snoop Dogg in 1996, when he left his original record label Death Row Records and signed with No Limit Records. His latest album will be released under the name Bigg Snoop Dogg. Several of his cousins also became hip hop artists and Aftermath collaborators, including RBX, Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Joe Cool.

As a rapper, he is known for his “lazy drawl” — a slurred, distinctively calm, laid-back, and rhythmically-complex lyrical delivery. According to Soundscan he has sold over 17.6 million albums in the US from the establishment of Soundscan (1991) to January 2006. His catch phrase is widely known as “Fo’ shizzle, ma nizzle”, meaning, “For sure, my nigga”, though he also pioneered the term “beeyotch”.

(this article features some bio info taken from Wikipedia’s article on Broadus)

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