Parking lot court

May 2, 2008 5:22:05 AM PDT
A Long Island music shop owner accused of selling knockoff Gibson Les Paul guitars has been arraigned in a pickup truck in a courthouse parking lot.

That's after his lawyer said the 500-pound defendant couldn't walk into the courthouse.

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Doyle said the man's "severe weight problem" prompted the unusual proceeding yesterday.

The shopkeeper has been released without bail after pleading not guilty to trademark counterfeiting and criminal simulation.

He's accused of selling bogus Gibsons for $1,500 to buyers who thought they were far more valuable originals.

The electric Gibson Les Paul is a rock, blues and jazz classic, with models dating to 1952.


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