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Court Fire Saves Lil Wayne from Sentencing

3/2/2010 3:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lil Wayne won't be going to jail today after all -- his hearing was just postponed due to a fire in the courthouse where he was scheduled to be sentenced.



We're told the fire occurred in the basement of the Manhattan Criminal Court building at 10:29 AM ET sending smoke throughout the building and causing a complete evacuation.

The fire was under control by 11:55 AM ET -- but the damage was done ... because Lil Wayne's attorney says the courthouse has now been shut down for the rest of the day.

Wayne -- who pled guilty to attempted weapons possession last year -- was supposed to be sentenced last month ... but the rapper was able to delay the hearing until today so he could have dental surgery on his grill.

Wayne's attorney tells TMZ the rapper has no idea his sentencing has been postponed, because he's on a plane right now.

UPDATE 2:12 PM ET: A court official tells TMZ Wayne will be sentenced tomorrow ... unless the hand of God comes down and saves him yet again.

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16.

Enough Already    

Looking at him makes me feel like scratching the inside of my hoo hoo RAW. He looks nasty.

1644 days ago
17.

Lis    

If he did start the fire, I hope he does it again! I'd love to get another day off of work!!!!!

1644 days ago
18.

Young Money    

FREEEEEEEE Lil wayne, he did no wrong for protectin his self, the law is f up. biggie and pac would be here to day if they had protection, but the motha f er that do crime get off to do stupid sh#t again so you mean people dont have the right to protect their self from a-holes that dont want to work hard for their own if was it Brad Pitt it wouldnt be nothin said and for rainman your comment keep it to ur-self o yeah you go be somebody b#tch if you aint one already. and a you'er only human..........

1644 days ago
19.

michaelacarterallen    

Down like ya spose ta be...she gets down low for me...down like the temperature......i love lilwayne!

1644 days ago
20.

Loud and talentless    

Hey Young Money? Have you checked in with your parole officer today?

1644 days ago
21.

Jerry Martin    

They need to get him in jail as soon as possible.

1644 days ago
22.

Harpo Marxist    

Lil Wayne will do fine in Jail He's a Studio Gangsta. If he's a Punk he'll go PC otherwise he'll mainline.

1644 days ago
23.

Dom    

damn. this guy is avoiding court dates about as much as DMX goes to court!

hope that makes sense lol, wanted to make a joke referencing DMX's legal troubles and apply them to lil wayne lol

1644 days ago
24.

CriticAl    

What the heck?! Will they hurry up and send this punk to the hoosegow for cryin' out loud?

1644 days ago
25.

Ren    

Why is this person going to jail? he makes more than 6 figures, Does he not have the right to bear arms? How should he protect himself?

1644 days ago
26.

xxx    

"hand of God" or hand of thugs?

1643 days ago
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