Ol' Dirty Bastard Appears In L.A. Courts

Ol' Dirty Bastard's first line of legal defense was knocked down in a L.A. court last Friday.

According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha N. Revel denied O.D.B.'s defense's motion to throw out evidence police gathered while searching the Wu-Tang Clan rapper during a February 16 traffic stop. The search in question revealed that O.D.B. was in possession of a bulletproof vest (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Arrested For Wearing Bulletproof Vest").

It is illegal in California for anyone convicted of violent felonies to own or use body armor, such as bullet proof vests; O.D.B., whose real name is Russell Tyrone Jones, was convicted of second degree assault in 1993.

O.D.B is also on trial for three counts of making terrorist threats to patrons at the House Of Blues (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Out On Bail After Hollywood Club Arrest"); that case was filed

separately in Santa Monica, but has been transferred to the same courtroom.

The legally troubled rapper is being represented by Robert Shapiro, who is well known as O.J. Simpson's former defender (see "O.D.B. Teams Up With Robert Shapiro; One Case Dismissed").

Legal woes aren't his only problems these days: as previously reported, O.D.B recently checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic in New York (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Enters Rehabilitation Program"), but it was revealed in court on Friday that he has since transferred to a California facility.

Meanwhile, in his home of New York, O.D.B. faces charges of drug possession and traffic violations (see "O.D.B. Arrested In NYC On Drug, Driving Charges"), but the Queens District Attorney's Office have said that the prosecution will not proceed until the Los Angeles cases are

resolved.

In a bit of positive news, O.D.B.'s second solo album, "N***a Please," was released last week.