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Judge Reimposes House Arrest for Rapper

August 18, 2006

GRETNA, La. (AP) _ After a month of being free to move around Jefferson and Orleans parishes during approved hours, rapper Corey Miller, who once went by the stage name of C-Murder, was ordered back into house arrest, two days after a state appeals court ruled that the judge who removed him from the program did so improperly.

Until his retrial on second-degree murder charges, state District Judge Martha Sassone says Miller is to be placed on complete home incarceration and he is not allowed to leave his home at any time, except for a court hearing this month. Sassone issued the one-page order in response to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling earlier this week.

Sassone released Miller from the program July 13, during a hearing in which Jefferson Parish prosecutors argued that the rapper had violated house arrest rules and should be thrown back in jail. While removing him from the program, she placed Miller under a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and ordered him to stay within Jefferson and Orleans parishes.

Prosecutors appealed Sassone’s decision, arguing to the Fifth Circuit that Sassone abused her wide discretion in making the decision.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit found ``inadequate support″ for the prosecutors’ arguments of house arrest violations and that Sassone did not abuse her discretion.

Miller is accused of shooting 16-yeaer-old Steve Thomas in the chest during a fight on Jan. 12, 2002, in the now-closed Platinum Club in Harvey. A Jefferson Parish jury convicted him of murder in Sept. 2003, but Sassone granted him a new trial five months later on grounds that prosecutors withheld criminal histories of some of their witnesses.

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