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7/7/2004 7:14:32 PM

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Rapper Ja Rule thrilled fans in Queens Wednesday in a place where he clearly did not want to be -- back in court.

Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, appeared in Criminal Court in Kew Gardens on a warrant stemming from a resisting arrest case in Jamaica in 1996.

The multiplatinum rapper and actor spent three minutes before Judge Steven Paynter, who closed the case and ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

Ja Rule, 28, of Saddle River, N.J., and his attorney, Renee Hill, said they didn't know the warrant existed until July 1, when he pleaded guilty in Manhattan to driving with a suspended license and paid a $500 fine.

Both last week and on June 7, 1996, Ja Rule was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In both cases, the drug charges were dropped.

"It's old. I don't even remember," Ja Rule said of the 1996 case, for which he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and performed community service.

Known as much for his off-stage skirmishes as for his music, Ja Rule said he was glad to put aside another case.

"This is great," he said while awaiting his Bentley in front of the courthouse. "I love the judicial system."

Ja Rule was in "The Fast and the Furious" and "Scary Movie 3," and will be the upcoming film "Cookout." His next album -- "R.U.L.E." -- is due out in October.

Smiles spread across the courthouse as Ja Rule waited 90 minutes for his case to be called. He mostly rested his head on a pew, except to speak with his attorney and taking time to greet a young girl with a hug.

"I think he made her day," Hill said. "He's a nice guy."

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