Sunday, November 20, 2011
An award-winning advertising executive with Fortune 500 clients is facing a year in prison on weapons charges after cops busted him with a knife he says he uses at work.
LaJuanzo Turner, 37, got arrested in a Brooklyn subway station in March while heading to his job at Zoom Media in Manhattan when two cops spotted the butt end of his Smith & Wesson knife protruding from his front pants pocket, his lawyer says.
The cops claimed the knife was an illegal switchblade.
His arrest is the latest conflict involving New York’s murky knife laws, which pit prosecutors and their zero tolerance for dangerous weapons against citizens who say certain knives are tools they need to do their jobs.“This is ludicrous — you have to use common sense and discretion,” said Turner’s lawyer Mark Bederow, who filed a motion last week seeking to have the charges thrown out.