Beanie Sigel "Bizzack" In Court For Violating Probation

 Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was forced to return to Federal Court yesterday for a hearing called to look into possible parole violations.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the U.S. Probation Office asked for a hearing to modify Sigel's supervised release after he failed to notify his probation officer that he'd been stopped and questioned by police in August.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick questioned Sigel (real name Dwight Grant) about the incident in August where he was stopped by the police at 20th and Carpenter streets in the company of several individuals, at least one of whom was a convicted felon. The judge also questioned Sigel about testing positive for codeine and morphine in a December drug test.

In October 2004, Sigel was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison on gun and drug charges. The sentence also required two years of supervised release. Producing a positive drug test and associating with felons are violations of Sigel's probation terms.

Sigel said the failed drug test was the result of a legitimate prescription given to him by his doctor three days before a scheduled drug test. His attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., provided Surrick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis Douglas with a copy of the prescription accompanied by a letter signed by Sigel's doctor stating that the script was given to Sigel to treat his "flu-like" symptoms.

Surrick and Douglas appeared willing to accept that explanation for Sigel's positive test results, however his explanation that, "It's kind of hard for me to know who I'm associating with in the business I'm in," did not go over well.

"You're going to get this situation straightened out, you're going to talk to probation, you're going to get under control or otherwise I'm going to have to take action you're not going to appreciate," Surrick was quoted saying in the Philadelphia Daily News.

At the close of the hearing, Judge R. Barclay Surrick extended Sigel's supervised release for an additional six months.

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