Arizona judge Mark Wayne Reeves on Friday [May 8] granted a request by Lil Wayne’s attorney to keep cameras out of the courtroom during Wayne’s upcoming drug trial.
Lil Wayne’s lawyer successfully argued that the presence of cameras would create a “media circus.”
While no date has been set for the trial Judge Reeves in his ruling stated that high interest in the case is based on the defendant’s celebrity and while opening the court up to the press would satisfy their curiosity, it would impede Lil Wayne’s right to a fair trial.
Lil Wayne, who also has to stand trial in New York on a 2007 gun possession charge, was arrested in Yuma, Arizona in January at a Border Patrol checkpoint when cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana and a .40 caliber pistol were allegedly discovered on his tour bus. He was charged with three counts of drug possession, but police dropped the weapons charge after Lil Wayne provided a Florida license for the firearm.