Lil Wayne's court appeal fails to have gun charge dropped

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New York, Feb 25 (ANI): American rapper Lil Wayne will be heading to trail, as his appeal in a Manhattan courtroom on February 24 has failed to get a gun charge dropped.

Wayne's defence lawyer Stacey Richman tried to have the July 2007 arrest quashed, claiming that a cop lied about smelling marijuana wafting out of the Grammy winner's tour bus and used it as an excuse to board.

"The motion is denied," the New York Daily News quoted Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon as telling the 26-year-old singer, whose real name is Dwayne Carter.

The cop testified at a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court last fall that after she smelt pot coming from the bus on the upper West Side, she boarded and found a loaded, 9-mm. handgun in the singer's Louis Vuitton bag.

The judge set a trial date of April 20, but not before all sides skirmished over conflicts with the star's upcoming tour schedule.

"I'm not psychic, nor is Mr. Carter," Richman said of Carter's professional commitments beyond April 12, when his tour ends.

And when Richman asked for time "to consult with the booker", Solomon refused.

"I'm not going to take a backseat here," he said before setting a trial date.

Carter faces felony weapons charges, and up to 15 years in prison if convicted. (ANI)

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