Former rap mogul Suge Knight faced yet another legal setback this week when his phone and non-attorney privileges were revoked. This comes after news that Knight has shuffled his legal team for the fifth time, although the reasons for the change and the snatching away of privileges are not immediately known.
The AP reports:
Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday cut Knight’s access to phone calls and non-attorney visitors. The order was issued at the request of a sheriff’s detective investigating Knight’s murder case, in which he is charged with running over two men, killing one, outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015.
Details about what prompted the order to restrict Knight’s access to visitors are under seal. Knight’s attorney, Thaddeus Culpepper, did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.
The order came a week after Knight reshuffled his legal team for the fifth time, dropping criminal defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau and enlisting the services of former prosecutor Stephen Schwartz. No details for the change have been given in open court. Culpepper was designated lead counsel on the case at the time.
Knight is being held on a $10 million bail, pleading not guilty in the January 2015 murder case in where he is accused of running over a pair of men, killing one of them. Knight continues to assert that he was he was escaping an attack attempt.
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