ODB Continues Rehab As West Coast Cases Near Resolution

Lawyer Robert Shapiro hopes Wu-Tang Clan rapper's drug treatment will help end legal troubles in two states.

LOS ANGELES — As Ol' Dirty Bastard continues drug-rehabilitation

treatment at the Impact House in Pasadena, the rapper says he's determined

to get his life in line so he can be a better father.

"I got a lot of children, and I'm trying to figure out how to set my

children up for college," ODB, 30, said Friday (Sept. 17) after attending

a Superior Court hearing here. "I'm trying to figure out the good things

to do."

ODB, who said he recently became a father for the 13th time, admitted he's

"kind of been neglectin' " his kids.

"Me and they mothers was going through bad sh--," he said.

Clad in blue jeans and a cream-colored, button-down shirt, a healthy-looking

ODB (born Russell T. Jones) was in good spirits while in court for a

hearing on two criminal cases. The first case, which turned a year old

Thursday, stems from the rapper's September 1998 arrest for allegedly

threatening the lives of security guards at the House of Blues in West

Hollywood.

The second started with a February arrest in which police cited ODB for

wearing a bulletproof vest after stopping him for a traffic violation.

He is believed to be the first person arrested under a state law that

forbids convicted violent felons to wear body armor. The law applies to

ODB because of a previous assault conviction.

ODB, who said he has been drug-free for two months, was transferred to

Impact House earlier this week after undergoing undisclosed treatment in

a nearby hospital. He previously underwent drug-rehab treatment in New

York.

ODB's lawyer, Robert Shapiro, said he is hoping his client's commitment

to rehabilitation will help resolve not only his Los Angeles cases but

also his two New York cases for alleged crack-cocaine possession.

During Friday's proceedings, Shapiro argued for suppression of evidence in

the body-armor case by claiming that police had no right to arrest and

search ODB for a parking violation. Judge Marsha N. Revel ruled against

the motion because ODB did not have a valid driver's license.

After the hearing, Shapiro said he is considering a deal offered by

prosecutor George Costello on the body-armor and terrorist-threat cases.

But he said he will wait until Oct. 13, the date of the next hearing, to

hear Revel's ruling on his motion for dismissal of the vest case. Costello's

offer was not detailed in court, and Shapiro would not say whether the

deal would include any jail time.

"Everybody is pretty much in agreement that [ODB] needs treatment,"

Shapiro said after the hearing. He said he gives "a tremendous amount of

credit" to Revel and Costello for treating ODB as someone with a sickness.

Shapiro said ODB is making "tremendous" progress in rehab and is likely

to undergo treatment at Impact House for a year. The former O.J. Simpson

lawyer added that he has been in discussions with district attorneys in

New York to achieve a "global resolution" on the rapper's two crack-cocaine

cases. He said he hopes the cases would be resolved through ODB's drug

treatment and therapy.

Shapiro, Costello and rehabilitation counselor Robert Timmons discussed

the case with Revel at her bench during much of Friday's proceedings.

ODB, who sat calmly at a table in the front of the courtroom, twice spoke

directly to the judge. At one point, he explained his reasons for wearing

a bulletproof vest by referring to his arrest in New York in January, in

which police claimed the rapper engaged in a shootout with them. A grand

jury dropped attempted-murder charges against ODB when no gun was found

and paraffin tests on the rapper came back inconclusive.

"I got shot at by cops two weeks prior, and that's the only reason I was

wearing body armor," ODB said. Then, referring to an incident in June 1998,

in which the rapper was robbed and shot in a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment,

he added, "I got six bullet holes in [my skin]. I don't know how any of

this happened. I'm just tired of going through it."

At another point, Revel and ODB engaged in humorous small talk. "Sometimes

the bad days make you appreciate the good days," Revel told ODB.

"I've had a lot of bad days," ODB responded.

ODB released his second solo album, N***a Please, Tuesday. The

album includes the single "Got Your Money" (RealAudio

excerpt), alongside such raunchy, misogynistic rap tunes as

"Cracker Jack" (RealAudio

excerpt) and the satirical soul ballad "Good Morning Heartache"

(RealAudio

excerpt).