Another court date, another adjournment; such is the saga of Ol' Dirty Bastard and his tangled relationship with the law.
The latest appointment on ODB's legal agenda took place Friday at New York's Queens County Supreme Court, where the rapper was scheduled to face charges stemming from a July 1999 arrest for cocaine possession.
Judge Joseph Grasso agreed to defense attorney Peter Frankel's request for continuance, pushing the next scheduled courtroom appearance for the trouble-prone MC to March 15. The rapper was not required to appear at Friday's hearing.
The decision marks the eighth time the case has been bumped from its originally scheduled court date of August 13, 1999. Most delays resulted from ODB's stays in rehab (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Enters Rehabilitation Program," "Ol' Dirty Bastard Gets One Year In Rehab For L.A. Arrests"). The rapper fled a court-ordered rehab program in October, becoming a fugitive (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Flees Drug-Treatment Facility"), and was arrested the following month in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in Philadelphia.
Frankel requested the adjournment so that Los Angeles Superior Court can consider a request to make any sentence ODB receives in New York run concurrently with a possible conviction in L.A. for a probation violation.
In the coming weeks, Dirty's California lawyer, Anthony Alexander, will confer with L.A. prosecutor Michael O'Gara and Judge Marsha Revel to discuss that issue, and will seek permission for the rapper enter his plea for the probation violation in writing, without having to appear in court, Frankel said.
In Queens, ODB (Russell Jones) faces charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. All charges stem from a July 31, 1999, traffic stop, at which police allegedly caught ODB with 20 bags of crack and a small glassine envelope of marijuana (see "O.D.B. Arrested In NYC On Drug, Driving Charges").
The rapper has pleaded not guilty.