Judge to Eminem: 'Please Stand Up'
Rapper Eminem received one year of probation and was ordered to pay $2,300 in fines and to do community service in a Michigan courtroom on Thursday. The sentence followed his "no contest" plea last month after being charged with pulling a 9mm semiautomatic gun during an alleged dispute with Douglas Dail, a member of the rival Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse. "Poor judgment is an understatement for what you did," said Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris, who could have sentenced the Grammy winner, 28, to a maximum of five years in prison. Witnesses said Eminem (real name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III) did not point the gun at anyone. The rapper had testified that the weapon was not loaded. "The activity you engaged in will not be tolerated in a civilized society," Judge Morris told Eminem, who stood silently in the courtroom. "Don't misstep. Don't fall down . . . Now is the time for you to please stand up," the jurist added, borrowing the catchphrase from one of Eminem's biggest hits, "The Real Slim Shady." She also said she had received several suggestions for Eminem's sentence, one of which was to wash his mouth out with soap. Another was to order him to write a clean song.