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George Clinton says drug search illegal

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Johno told us the captain of the Mother Ship may be headed for the brig earlier. Details of how granddaddy of funk George Clinton came to be busted last weekend are now available. Though he doesn’t deny possessing illegal drugs, Clinton says the police should not have searched him.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — An attorney for funk music pioneer George Clinton said Tuesday the musician was illegally searched before he was charged last weekend with drug possession.

Attorney Matt Willard said he would file an innocent plea Wednesday morning at the Leon County Courthouse.

Clinton, 62, was arrested early Saturday outside a convenience store, near his recording studio. Police said he had a bag of crack cocaine and a glass crack pipe. He was released on $2,650 bail.

The former funk impresario and frontman for Parliament and Funkadelic now performs in a melange of the old and some new called the P-Funk All Stars. The last time I saw the group, about three years ago, it seemed to be limping along. However, with the addition of guitar and mandolin maestro Eric McFadden, I thought it might have the potential to reignite Clinton’s career. But, will the funkmeister continue to be available for the P-Funk All Stars or anyone else?

Cocaine possession, a felony, carries a maximum five years in prison. Clinton also faces a possession of paraphernalia charge.

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  • I’ve had the chance to see him in concert twice, both times where great.

    Just wanted to chime in with that. 🙂