Notorious Big's Family Relaunch Lawsuit
NOTORIOUS BIG's relatives have requested more than $2 million (GBP1.1 million) in fees and costs from the city of Los Angeles, stemming from police misconduct revealed during the late rapper's wrongful death trial last month (JUL05).
The request FOLLOWS US District Judge FLORENCE MARIE COOPER's mistrial declaration, after determining that a police detective had intentionally concealed documents.
The judge ordered the city to pay "fees and costs incurred as a result of defendants' misconduct".
Motions filed in US District Court request that Los Angeles pay about $1.6 million (880,000) in attorneys fees and around $500,000 (GBP277,000) for travel and other expenses.
The documents uncovered during trial detail Detective STEVEN KATZ's investigation of a prison informant's claim that corrupt former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers RAFAEL PEREZ and DAVID MACK were involved in the shooting death of the 24-year-old rapper, real name CHRISTOPHER WALLACE.
The star's family said in their suit that Death Row Records founder MARION 'SUGE' KNIGHT ordered Mack to kill the rapper, and that Mack's college roommate was the gunman. The link to Perez emerged only after an anonymous tip during the trial.
Family members including the rapper's mother, VOLETTA WALLACE, and widow, R+B star FAITH EVANS, are expected to refile their wrongful death suit, naming Perez as a defendant and alleging racketeering at the LAPD.