Notorious Big Family Lawyer Ordered To Explain 'Misleading' Testimony
The judge who ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million (GBP647,000) to the family of late rapper NOTORIOUS BIG, says she was misled about evidence in the wrongful death lawsuit. On Tuesday (23MAY06), US District Judge FLORENCE-MARIE COOPER told defence lawyer PERRY R SANDERS JR to explain how he had information on an alleged police conspiracy into the hip-hop star's death. In the trial, Sanders Jr claimed he had no information regarding Notorious BIG's murder, reports the Los Angeles Times. Notorious BIG - real name CHRISTOPHER WALLACE - was shot dead while sitting in a car outside a post-Soul Train Music Awards party in Los Angeles in March 1997. He was 24. His family sued the Los Angeles Police Department last summer (05), alleging rogue police officer DAVID A MACK, a convicted bank robber, orchestrated Wallace's killing on behalf of Death Row Records chief MARION 'SUGE' KNIGHT, and department heads covered it up. After the trial ended in a mistrial, Cooper ruled detective STEPHEN KATZ had intentionally withheld evidence linking former Los Angeles Police Officers MACk and RAFAEL PEREZ to the killing. In January (06), Cooper ordered the city to pay the Wallace family's legal fees and costs for withholding evidence. This payout was formally approved by the city in March (06). A re-trial is expected later this year (06).