'Paperboy' Arraignment Postponed
June 18, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
An arraignment for MITCHELL CHARLES JOHNSON, also known as rap artist "PAPERBOY," was postponed FRIDAY to allow JOHNSON time to hire an attorney, reports THE MERCED SUN-STAR. JOHNSON, 34, appeared briefly during the video conference hearing, telling Superior Court Judge HUGH FLANAGAN that he does have the means to hire his own attorney to fight felony marijuana charges, rather than needing the services of a public defender.
JOHNSON briefly achieved fame in 1993 with his song "Ditty," which garnered him a GRAMMY nomination for rap solo performance. JOHNSON is being charged for transportation of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana, according to Deputy District Attorney STEVEN SLOCUM.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of four years, eight months in prison, SLOCUM said.