500 pound man doesn't fit in courtroom

Had to be arraigned outside in truck
May 2, 2008 7:52:49 AM PDT
A 500 pound man was being arraigned outside in his truck by a judge in Long Island, Thursday, because he was too heavy to get inside the courthouse. Guitar shop owner Bernard Musumeci is accused of passing off fake Gibson guitars as the real thing and selling them for thousands of dollars.

Musumeci, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs about 500 pounds, was arraigned in the employee parking lot after his attorney told Doyle it was impossible for his client to walk into the building and ride the elevator up to Doyle's third-floor courtroom.

Musumeci, of Centereach, pleaded not guilty.

Police say the charges come after a two-month investigation after officials from the Gibson Guitar Corporation of Nashville, Tennessee contacted police to say their logo was being put on other guitars.

Police say 15 guitars were seized at the music store yesterday and Musumeci turned over another 18 guitars from his home. Gibson will be examining the guitars for authenticity.