Delays In West Coast Cases Stall ODB's NY Prosecutors

New York officials 'keeping an eye' on rapper's California trials.

LOS ANGELES — Ol' Dirty Bastard is unlikely to go to trial

on crack-cocaine possession charges in New York as long as the rapper's

criminal court cases here continue, New York officials said Thursday

(Sept. 9).

"The [Los Angeles courts] have custody of ODB right now, and that's

critical in terms of the defendant waiving being present for a hearing,"

said one law enforcement official, who asked not to be named. "In any case,

it's part of our constitutional rights to be present while we're being

tried; it's legal etiquette to allow them to proceed with those cases."

ODB's two crack-cocaine possession cases pending in New York stem from a

Brooklyn arrest in March and a Queens arrest in July. The two cases the

Wu-Tang Clan rapper faces in Los Angeles County allege he made terrorist

threats and illegally wore body armor as a convicted felon.

Queens prosecutors are "keeping an eye" on the rapper's West Coast cases,

Queens district attorney spokesperson Sherry Hunter said Thursday. On

Wednesday, his Queens case was postponed to Oct. 8, Hunter said.

ODB's Los Angeles lawyer, Robert Shapiro, said Thursday through his

assistant that ODB's terrorist-threat case at Santa Monica (Calif.)

Superior Court would be put over until Sept. 17. Deputy District

Attorney Ann Rundle could not be reached for comment.

That case stems from ODB's September 1998 arrest for allegedly threatening

to kill security guards at the House of Blues nightclub in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, ODB denied he is guilty of the charges, saying, "I'm

not no terrorist. A terrorist is someone who hijacks an airplane or blows

up a building. Terrorist threats, that's not me. ... I know I didn't do

it, that's why I'm not worried about it. Some people you can fool, but

you can't fool God."

In August the rapper — whose new album, N***a Please, features

the drug anthem "Gettin' High" — voluntarily admitted himself to a

drug-rehab program in Carmel, N.Y. But it is unclear how long the rapper

stayed in the program — more than two weeks ago he appeared at a

hearing for his body-armor case in Los Angeles, according to Deputy

District Attorney George Costello.

"Got Your Money" (RealAudio

excerpt) will be the first single off the new LP, which offers

a collection of raunchy rap tunes and tongue-in-cheek soul ballads. ODB

has described N***a Please as "the real hip-hop"; it is the

follow-up to his 1995 solo debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The

Dirty Version, which featured the single "Brooklyn Zoo" (RealAudio

excerpt).

The complete track listing for N***a Please is: "Recognize," "I

Can't Wait," "Cold Blooded," "Got Your Money," "Rollin wit You," "Gettin'

High," "You Don't Want to F**k With Me," "N***a Please," "Dirt Dog," "I

Want P***y," "Good Morning Heartache," "All in Together Now" and "Cracker

Jack."

ODB will participate in a SonicNet/Yahoo! online chat Wednesday, the day

after the release of N***a Please. Fans can join in beginning at

9 p.m. EDT at www.sonicnet.com/channels or chat.yahoo.com.