Judge Gives Rapper Corey Miller House Arrest

An appearance by Corey Miller at a Hurricane Katrina documentary premiere in New Orleans has led a judge to put the rapper on full home confinement until his second trial on a second-degree murder charge.

Miller, 35, is awaiting a retrial in the 2002 shooting of a 16-year-old boy outside a nightclub in Harvey. His original conviction was overturned after a judge ruled that prosecutors had withheld the criminal backgrounds of key state witnesses from the defense.

On Tuesday, State District Judge Martha Sassone said she had planned to put Miller on partial house arrest, but changed her mind after she saw the interview at the Aug. 16 premiere of Spike Lee's HBO documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts."

"You're on home incarceration to prepare for a defense, not to have a social life," Sassone told Miller.

Miller, who now uses the stage name C-Miller, was originally put on 24-hour house arrest in March when he was released from jail. On July 13, Sassone gave him a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and ordered him to remain within Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.

House arrest was reinstated in August by a state appeals court, which said that Sassone needed to have a hearing on state objections to Miller's release from house arrest.

The judge allowed Miller to attend Sunday church services, but rejected a request to let him exercise in a park.