Jailed rap boss Marion 'Suge' Knight has urged the judge overseeing his murder case to relax his penalties behind bars so he can speak to his dying parents.
The Death Row Records founder fears his folks will pass before he's released from prison and he's begging a judge for mercy, so he can see them before they're too ill.
He claims his parents, who are both in their 70s, are in such bad shape that it's crucial he gets permission to speak to them, and other members of his family.
In new documents filed this week (beg16May16) and obtained by TMZ, Suge is asking for the return of his phone privileges, claiming he was never warned he was losing them - and therefore never got to make arrangements with his nearest and dearest.
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Katt Williams has avoided jail time after the case to revoke his probation was dropped.
The embattled comedian wasn't present for the hearing in Hall County, Georgia, on Wednesday (18May16), after the District Attorney filed a motion to revoke his bond for an assault case involving his bodyguard back in February (16). Prosecutors had been hoping to revoke Williams' probation after claiming his latest arrest - for a brawl at a seafood restaurant in Atlanta on 27 April (16) - on the ground that he had violated the conditions of his release. If the judge had agreed, Williams would have been jailed until the case went to trial.
However, after three subpoenaed witness for the prosecution failed to show up for Wednesday's hearing, the motion was withdrawn, TMZ.com reports.
Despite that, Williams' legal troubles are not over, as he is also facing allegations of disorderly conduct for using foul language in front of minors during a clash in March (16). In addition, the troubled 42-year-old is also due to stand trial for a felony count of robbery after allegedly stealing a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills, California in 2014, during a night out with now-incarcerated rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight.
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Troubled rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight is seeking to delay his upcoming murder trial, citing a lack of access to his attorney.
The Death Row Records co-founder has been incarcerated for more than a year on charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run, and his bail is set at $10 million (£6.9 million).
Knight has pleaded not guilty to the offences, which relate to a fatal bust-up on a movie set in Compton, California in January, 2015, when he is struck and killed his friend Terry Carter and injured actor Cle Sloan as he tried to race away from a fight at the scene. His lawyer maintains the 51-year-old was fleeing an ambush when the incident took place.
In January (16), Knight had his phone calls and visitation privileges cut following a sealed request from prosecutors, but the hip-hop star appealed the ruling, insisting it amounted to a violation of his basic human rights.
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Katt Williams was arrested again on Tuesday (08Mar16) after police found marijuana and firearms in his house following a raid.
TMZ.com reports police obtained a search warrant for Williams' home in Georgia through the investigation into the troubled comedian that started at the beginning of the month (Mar16) when his bodyguard alleged Williams' team had beaten him with a baseball bat and choked him when he refused to "engage in criminal activity" with him.
The Hall County Sheriff's Office in Georgia told the website that the bodyguard's claims, which included allegations that Williams had threatened to kill him, led to the warrant being issued.
When officers investigated Williams' property on Tuesday morning (08Mar16), they found "large quantities" of marijuana and firearms.
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Imprisoned rap mogul MARION 'SUGE' KNIGHT has taken legal action to lift his ban on visits and phone calls, it has been claimed.
The Death Row Records co-founder has been incarcerated for more than a year for charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run, with bail set at $10 million (£7.1 million).
Knight pleaded not guilty to the offences, which relate to a fatal bust-up on a movie set in Compton, California, when he is alleged to have raced away from the scene in his car. He struck and killed his friend Terry Carter and injured actor Cle Sloan, with his lawyer claiming he was fleeing an ambush when the incident took place.
In January (16), the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department submitted a request under seal asking for Knight's phone calls and visitation privileges to be cut, without publicly revealing the reason. It was granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan, meaning he could not communicate with any of his family and friends.
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Incarcerated rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight's jail visits and phone calls have been restricted at the request of authorities investigating his murder case.
The Death Row Records co-founder is facing murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run charges following a fatal altercation on a Compton, California film set at the start of 2015, when he killed his friend, Terry Carter, and injured a second man, actor Cle Sloan.
Knight, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is being held on $10 million (£6.85 million) bail, and on Wednesday (03Feb16), it was revealed sheriff's investigators had filed a sealed request last month (Jan16) seeking to cut his visitor and phone privileges - a motion granted by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday (29Jan16).
The reason for the request has not been made public.
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Incarcerated Hip-hop Mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight Has Hired His Fifth Lawyer To Fight His Murder Case After Parting Ways With Top Attorney Thomas Mesereau.
The Death Row Records co-founder is facing murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run charges following a fatal altercation on a California film set at the start of 2015, when he killed his friend, Terry Carter, and injured a second man, actor Cle Sloan.
He hired Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation allegations in 2005, last May (15), but during a closed court hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday (21Jan16), it was revealed Mesereau was no longer representing Knight, and Stephen L. Schwartz, a former prosecutor, had been recruited as his replacement.
Sources tell TMZ.com the fall out between Mesereau and Knight occurred over what the 50-year-old insists was the leak of confidential information to authorities.
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Rap Mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight Was Chastised By A Judge On Tuesday (27oct15) For Using A Previous Court Appearance To Send A Birthday Message To His Son.
The troubled hip-hop star appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month (Oct15), when Judge Ronald Coen ruled there was enough evidence against Knight and his comedian pal Katt Williams to take a 2014 altercation case to trial.
During the 13 October (15) hearing, Knight turned to TV cameras and held up a piece of paper, on which he'd scribbled "Happy B-day Legend" to mark the boy's sixth birthday.
The low-key stunt didn't go unnoticed in the press, and it landed Knight in trouble with Judge Coen when he returned to court for arraignment this week.
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Rap Mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight And Comedian Katt Williams Have Been Ordered To Stand Trial For Robbery Relating To A 2014 Altercation With A Paparazzo.
The troubled stars stand accused of attempting to snatch Leslie Redden's camera during an incident outside a recording studio in Beverly Hills, California last year (14), days after Knight was shot at a party.
They were each slapped with a felony robbery count, while Knight also allegedly made criminal threats against the woman during the reported attack. They have both pleaded not guilty.
The case has been delayed multiple times in recent months as Death Row Records co-founder Knight continues to struggle with health complications as a result of the shooting incident, but he was back in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (13Oct15).
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Marion 'Suge' Knight's Legal Team Has Won A Bid To Postpone An Evidence Hearing In The Fallen Star's Felony Robbery Case.
The former rap mogul appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (17Sep15) to hear prosecutors outline their case against him stemming from a bust-up with a photographer in Beverly Hills, California last year (14).
Knight, 50, denies a charge of felony robbery for allegedly grabbing a camera from the female paparazzo, while his comedian pal, Katt Williams, who was also accused of involvement in the incident, has pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery.
The case was previously delayed over the summer (15) due to illness, and after Knight fired his attorney, and now it has been pushed back again after his legal team was granted a request for a continuance.
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