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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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BigmoneyBleezy    

Sweet story, i am pulling for him!

1289 days ago
17.

Ann    

Although I find him to be incredibly annoying on AI, I can't believe he was sentenced to three days in jail and two years for probation for this. Just when I thought our legal system could not be anymore screwed up...

1289 days ago
18.

Vera    

BIG DEAL! TMZ makes it sound like he killed somebody and then some, the truth is that he deserves a break and I hope he turns his life around! Now I will support him more than before!!!

1289 days ago
19.

Jay    

LOL 3 days in jail for going on a metro north train without a ticket? Also he actually had to serve a day in jail.

Lindsay Lohan hijacked a car full of people drove drunk high on coke with coke on her twice, tried to drive her assistant off the road and only got 24 hours in jail and served 40 minuts. And some people try to say there is no such thing as celeb justice lol

1289 days ago
20.

mymy    

Soooo..his morals and religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to sing "Let's get it on" so he picked another song but he steals and misses court. Interesting!

1289 days ago
21.

lolasmom    

Lusk is such a fake. He wants you to think he is goody goody but he likes to steal his rides. He is real hard to watch and listen to. Maybe gays like him.

1289 days ago
22.

ME    

all he had to do was show up to court and pay a fine finished business...but he decided to blow off court and look what happened,arrest warrant.no one knows his criminal history so dont play the cause he is black card. maybe play the he is not rich card like the celebs who get awat with everything.ending to story was his probation was dismissed so he did NOT get 2 yrs. probation

1288 days ago
23.

kp    

This could be a learning moment for kids every where. You do some thing wrong, you have to pay for that. You take care of the problem instead of looking the other way, it just gets worse.

THE LESSON THAT HOLLYWOOD GIVES IS YOU GET AWAY WITH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH A HIGH PRICED LAWYER BECAUSE THE ALMIGHTY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ WORKS WELL IN THE COURT SYSTEM. RIGHT PARIS, LOHAN, SHEEN, MARS, BROWN and plenty more.

1288 days ago
24.

bboy    

3 days in jail & 2 years probation for a train fare?! people can DIE in jail...they actually locked up this young man & endangered his life for a train fare! they could've just fined him....the African-American justice system is a joke

1288 days ago
25.

Los Angeles    

It has nothing to do about the Black Card...it is about being irresponsible and thumbing he's nose at his obligation to appear in court for what ever reason. Not AI material.

1288 days ago
26.

Los Angeles    

He is not IE material...how irresponisible not to take care of his obligation to appear in court. He thinks he is all that and more. NOT.

1288 days ago
27.

Jeanie    

So essentially...You've got to be a SAINT to be a participant on American Idol eh??

1288 days ago
28.

Jeanie    

This poor kid just skated on train fare, and yet gets the BOOK thrown at him...

Meanwhile Lindsay Blohan commits numerous more serious crimes, and gets a tiny slap on the wrist...

WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD??

1288 days ago
29.

dd    

Good, I love his voice.

1288 days ago
30.

sick of it    

i wonder if this is a guy? Looks like a girl,sounds like a girl,Acts like a girl...

1288 days ago
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