The Game Rejects Plea in Officer Impersonation Case
The Game appeared in a New York courtroom today (June 13) and rejected an offer from prosecutors that would have allowed him to avoid possible jail time. According to New York Newsday, Game turned down the district attorney’s offer of a sentence of time served in return for a guilty plea on a police impersonation charge that he picked up late last year. The Compton native was picked up on November 16 in Manhattan after a yellow cab he was riding in ran several red lights. When officers questioned the driver, he told them that his passenger had identified him as a police officer and instructed him to run the lights. Game was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer. The deal he turned down would have counted the time he spent in custody waiting to go before a judge as his sentence. “Why should he plead guilty to bogus charges for a non-jail sentence if he’s innocent,” the rapper’s attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said outside the courthouse. “And he is innocent. It’s rare that I have a 100 percent innocent defendant, but this is one.” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke ordered Game back to court on September 20.