Suge Knight Says Prosecutors Are Tapping His Prison Calls
(AllHipHop News) Incarcerated rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has accused prosecutors in his murder case of eavesdropping on his prison phone calls.
The fallen record executive is due to stand trial on charges of murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run after allegedly running down Terry Carter and Cle 'Bone' Sloan during a 2015 altercation in a Los Angeles parking lot.
Carter was killed but Sloan survived his injuries.
Knight's lawyers attempted to score a pre-trial break in the case by filing papers in late December, claiming their attorney-client privileges had been violated by prosecutors and members of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, who were reportedly able to listen in on all of their phone conversations and jail visits, thanks to previous orders granted by judges who were not qualified to oversee the legal proceedings.
According to Los Angeles Superior Court papers, the defense team believes all communications between the attorneys and their client have been monitored since August 2016, impeding their right to a fair trial.
Calling the alleged actions an "abuse of power," they added, "Defendant will suffer continued irreparable harm to his ability to properly defend himself if the present circumstance set forth herein below, are not immediately judicially addressed.
"At the present, the undersigned have NO MEANS of counseling their client without government interference and eavesdropping."
The Death Row Records co-founder, 52, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If convicted, he faces life behind bars.