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'Idol' Finalist -- Saved By REAL Judge After Arrest

4/15/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" finalist Jacob Lusk threw himself at the mercy of a court back in November -- begging a judge to end his probation from a 2009 arrest so he could compete on "A.I." ... TMZ has learned.

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It all started back in February 2009 -- when cops cited Jacob for riding on an L.A. metro train without buying a ticket. Jacob blew off his court hearing and an arrest warrant was issued.

Fast forward to Nov. 2010 -- a day after Jacob auditioned for "Idol" and got his golden ticket to Hollywood -- Lusk was pulled over for a traffic stop. The cop discovered the warrant and arrested him.

Jacob went to jail and then to court the next day and pled no contest to the train-hopping charge.  He was sentenced to 3 days in jail and 2 years probation.

Jacob served his time and then went back to court, telling the judge "Idol" wouldn't let him on the show if he was on probation.  After his emotional plea, the merciful judge terminated his probation.

Fun Fact -- On night one in the pokey, Jacob sang to 170 inmates, who liked it a lot.  Thing is, the guard wasn't a fan, screaming through the loud speaker, "This isn't a f**king singing contest."

Undaunted, we're told Lusk sang over the next day-and-a-half, preparing for "Idol."  And on his last day, Lusk sang a farewell song, and another guard went on the loud speaker and said it was "bad ass!"

UPDATE: Lusk tweeted this morning, "I've been through a whole lot more than folks would know in this lifetime...BUT GOD has KEPT ME...and I am so thankful! Be blessed!"


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sonny    

FIRST!!

1224 days ago
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dube blu    

how is this cake boy still in the running. bet'ca he is servicing randy late at night.the show is fixed, placing contestants carfully to keep certain demographics for ratings. in this case it's the gays & blacks, if AI lost those eyes @ this point ratigs would drop, quicker than radys pants in jacobs room @ 3 a.m. think bout it, jacob, blacs & gays - scotty country & teenie boopers - james, rockers - lauren, country & pervs -stevon, gays & teenie boops - the other girl,pervs @ horny teen boys, & the dudew with the beard, oddballs & small farm animals. this show is not americas vote any more than the presidant wasn't a shoe in for the uncle tom in the white house, regaurdless if he had the votews or not.america wanted a boofoo president, so they got it, & look @ what he's done, talks a good game, looks sharp, but lacks results, but then again, look what he walked into. americas in bad shape, broke & owes trillons, our solutions for years has been, print more money, after all it's really nothing more than ink & paper.our days are numbered, will you be ready when the wiff hits the fan?

1224 days ago
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bentlebee    

This guy is so annoying. I can't wait until he is voted off!

1224 days ago
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zzkinnardzz    

2 years probation really.?? That was a little to much.. glad they terminated it.

1224 days ago
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DatDogBitez    

Being stuck in the same jail as Jacob -- while he's practicing his singing for Idol -- would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. I think all 170 inmates deserve some kind of recompense.

1224 days ago
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will    

funny story lol at #1

1224 days ago
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Damon    

Charlie Sheen beat Brooke Mueller in Colorado; served no time and one year probation!

Jacob should've been sentenced to a few month's informal probation!

1224 days ago
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MoonDust    

even though, he broke the law, is not a big deal. sounds boring to be honest.

1224 days ago
9.

deanne    

Cool story!!

1224 days ago
10.

M    

Seriously???????? 2 years probation and 3 days in jail for this???????? Yet Lohan walks free constantly for committing far worse crimes. And they let other celebrities out of months' long sentences after 2 hours. Total BS.

1224 days ago
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The Evil Puppy    

Do you see what we mean with the injustices of our Judicial system? How many times did that crack whore Lindsay Lohan break the law?!! All she has gotten is a slap on the wrist!! Yet this guy gets 2 years probation for hopping a train? YES what he did was wrong but it is NOWHERE as bad as that bitch hasbeen Lindsay has done. This really is an outrage.

1224 days ago
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Truth    

HA! I KNEW THIS GUY IS A WACKJOB!! HE'S TOTALLY ANNOYING ON IDOL. WHY HAVENT THE LITTLE CHICKIES GOTTEN RID OF HIM YET?? MUST BE THE BLACK VOTE... OOPS, MEANT THE OBAMA VOTE.

1224 days ago
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Renee    

He should go back to prison for the way he sings.

1224 days ago
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karlew    

Nice to see the judicial system work for a change. Keeping him on probation and robbing him of an incredible opportunity would have been the complete antithesis of the concept of rehabilitation. I like his voice, something soothing about it.

1224 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Jumping a turnstile is grounds for a citation and fine at best. Jail and probation??? That's insane.

I love blogs. For people that love to throw around the term "race card" they get proof that racism is alive and well by reading the comments. But people who love to say race card know that already because they are generally racist. They just don't want minorities to complain about it.

1224 days ago
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