Credit: Michael Becker/FOX Photo: Jacob Lusk Keeps His Cool in American Idol Season 10: The Top 11 Perform

American Idol finalist Jacob Lusk threw himself at the mercy of a court back in November — begging a judge to end his probation from a 2009 arrest so he could compete on AI — TMZ has learned.

Read the full story, and see Jacob's mug shot, at TMZ.com.