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According to NY Daily News:
The wacko wanna-be music exec accused of harassing Ashanti will be able to defend himself at his upcoming trial, a judge ruled Thursday.
Devar Hurd will get to play “quarterback,” the judge ruled — allowing Hurd the chance to possibly confront the sexy singer at trial.
“You’ll be the quarterback. He’s the running-back. That’s it,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon said after a long back-and-forth in which the weirdo and the jurist started referring to the attorney role as “quarterback.”
“It’s the Super Bowl,” the grinning defendant said after getting his way.
Hurd’s actual attorney, Glenn Hardy, will take a backseat and become his “legal advisor.”
Solomon tried to convince Hurd to stick with Hardy, an experienced lawyer, when it came time to run the show.
Hurd managed to prove he was competent enough to exercise his right to self-representation at his upcoming trial for felony stalking and related counts.
Hurd’s first legal cameo will be at pre-trial hearings in his case, which are set for Wednesday. Hardy didn’t represent him “the way I want, pointing things out that I want him to point out,” Hurd griped Thursday.
In spilling the alleged details of his life to Solomon, Hurd talked up his credentials.
“Currently I’m a songwriter. I do stage and entertainment. I do shows all over the place,” Hurd said.
He said he became an audio tech after getting out of jail in 2010 for harassing the star through raunchy text messages and unwanted calls by sending them to her mom.
“I’ve done Rockefeller Center, I’ve done BAM … that’s the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I worked at the Barclays Center, numerous shows and events… That’s what I do. I’m an audio tech,” he said.
He was arrested last year in the most recent case for allegedly tweeting at Ashanti, in violation of orders of protection.
According to TMZ:
Mase and his estranged wife have finally settled their divorce, TMZ has learned,and while Mase won’t have physical custody of his kids … he did win back custody of his rap gear.
As we first reported, Mase and Twyla Betha pulled the plug on their marriage back in April — after several false starts — with both sides wanting physical custody of their two kids … but Mase caved.
Mase won’t be a stranger to his kids … he gets “reasonable visitation” of up to three hours a day as long as he gives 12 hours advance notice.
Mase was ordered to fork over $6,000/month for child and spousal support.
For her part Twyla must return ALL of Mase’s musical equipment.
According to CNN:
Comedian Tracy Morgan remained in critical condition early Monday following a weekend car wreck, but the actor’s publicist said he’s showing signs of improvement.
“He has been more responsive, which is an incredibly encouraging sign,” publicist Lewis Kay said Sunday.
The wreck took place about 1 a.m. Saturday when the limo van Morgan was in was hit by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.
The collision killed Morgan’s fellow passenger, comedian James McNair — who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.
Comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were among the injured, as was a man named Jeffrey Millea.
Morgan suffered several injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg and a broken femur.
Kay, the publicist, said Morgan underwent surgery on his leg Sunday.
“We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks,” he said.
The truck driver
The truck driver charged in the crash turned himself in to police, and was released on a $50,000 bail Saturday night.
The driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
He was a driver for Walmart.
“This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement.
“The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.
“The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead,” Williams said. “At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn.”
Four other vehicles were involved in the crash, the prosecutor’s office said, but no one in those vehicles was injured.
Williams said he does not believe alcohol played a role in the crash, but that is under investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate “safety issues related to commercial trucking and limousine safety,” said agency spokesman Keith Holloway.
“All I know is I saw traffic … and I stopped … and I was upside down and in the vehicle,” limo driver Tyrone Gale told WCAU.
Gale suffered bruises in the crash, WCAU reported.
Christopher Thompson, the co-owner of Atlantic Transportation Services, which was operating the limo bus, said he thought the bus was heading to drop Morgan off in New Jersey.