A graffiti writer who used to do a little bit of work back in the day and then later became a cop, retired, and then started lightly tagging again, will begin trial as early as Thursday at Queens Criminal Court. Apparently, “NEO” has been forum-bragging about being a cop and “a cripple” with a cane, and left descriptions of his “graffiti-related activities” and his allegedly real birth date on his MySpace page.

The former officer’s lawyer is arguing that it must be a copycat — the cop tripped over a fence during a homicide investigation, seriously damaged his nerves and retired, so “He hasn’t been Neo since 1988. It is ludicrous because he is physically incapable of doing that.”