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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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Jay    

What, the holier than thou church boy doing something illegal. Well it does seem a stiff sentence, but then again, we don't know the history, or how many other "mistakes" he made. Let's all declare him innocent and criticize the horrible and racist legal system. Maybe with a little discipline, he won't turn into a Lindsay Lohan.

1269 days ago
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Robin Pope     

There are A LOT of racists out there. Jacob Lusk has the BEST VOICE hands down of any I have heard on American Idol. I don't think that coach guy likes him and I don't believe he has gotten the help and support he needed on the show. When Jacob Lusk shines...he shines. Who cares what he did here...very minor crimes. Typical for America to give a Black Man 2 YEARS PROBATION for such a minor crime. Makes me like him more and I am a female WASP.

1267 days ago
93.

Lea    

Wow.. gotta love racism and gay bashing running rampant in today's society. Although I'm not a huge fan of Jacob Lusk at least I can say my opinion is based solely on the fact that I think his singing voice (although at times can be powerful and beautiful) is much too shrill and sharp for my liking. I just love how those that are ignorant can judge someone just by their skin color or sexual orientation... and here I thought it was 2011, not 1950.

1265 days ago
94.

Lea    

Wow.. gotta love racism and gay bashing running rampant in today's society. Although I'm not a huge fan of Jacob Lusk at least I can say my opinion is based solely on the fact that I think his singing voice (although at times can be powerful and beautiful) is much too shrill and sharp for my liking. I just love how those that are ignorant can judge someone just by their skin color or sexual orientation... and here I thought it was 2011, not 1950.

1265 days ago
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