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Jay-Z Trial Delayed

Prosecution asks for more time to prepare

April 19, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Jay-Z's trial on charges of first-degree assault was delayed again, as prosecutor Joan Illuzi-Orbon asked Judge Micki Scherer for more time to prepare his case. According to the district attorney's office, the rapper (a.k.a. Shawn Carter) was present for the brief hearing yesterday, during which Scherer set a May 16th date to resume the case. The latest rescheduling follows previous delays created by the attempted murder and assault trial of rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, who has the same attorney, Murray Richman, as Carter.

The assault case stems from a December 1999 incident in which Carter allegedly stabbed record executive Lance "Un" Rivera in an altercation at a record release party at the Kit Kat Club in New York City.

Carter also faces charges of third-degree weapons possession, for which he was arraigned on April 13th, after police retrieved a weapon from a vehicle that was carrying Carter, his bodyguard and two other associates.

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