Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

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In the latest episode of the Suge Knight Saga, Suge pleads NOT guilty to the fatal hit and run of a former associate who died after being ran over by a truck resembling Suge’s outside of Tam’s Burgers in L.A.

In a prior court appearance, the former Death Row head honcho caught a huge break in the “Murder 1” case against him when one of the two men he allegedly hit in the parking lot testified that he wasn’t going to testify in favor of the prosecution

Shortly after, the judge reduced his bail from $25 million to, according to Suge’s attorney, a more “do-able” $10 million.

Suge’s legal team were anticipating his speedy release following the bail reduction hearing, however as of now Mr. Knight is still being held by the LA County jail. There is no word on a release date.

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suge-knight1Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and all other charges related to a fatal hit-and-run incident in January in Compton, California.

His attorney asked the court to further reduce Knight’s bail, now set at $10 million, but Los Angeles County Judge Ronald Coen denied the request.

The judge lowered Knight’s bail earlier this month, to $10 million from $25 million, after defense lawyers called the $25 million figure excessive for the circumstances.

Knight faces one count of murder for the death of Terry Carter, one count of attempted murder in the case of Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was maimed in the incident, and one count of hit-and-run.

Knight, 49, faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors offered Sloan immunity, but he still refused to testify against Knight during the preliminary hearing, the affiliates reported.

The deadly incident occurred about 11 miles south of downtown Los Angeles on January 29, after a flare-up on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the highly influential and controversial rap group N.W.A. At the time, Knight was out on bail in a separate robbery case.

The alleged argument spilled over to the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton. The hit-and-run was captured on videotape, which shows Knight inside a red truck.

In the video, the truck pulls into the entrance of the Compton restaurant and is approached by Sloan, who was working security at the site.

The two men appear to talk for a few moments, with Knight still in his vehicle. Suddenly, the vehicle backs up, knocking Sloan to the ground. While still in reverse, the truck moves out of range of the security camera.

The vehicle is then seen zooming forward, back into camera range, running over Sloan a second time, and then running over the second man, Carter, a former rap music label owner.

Carter, 55, later died.

Knight’s attorney Matthew Fletcher has argued that Knight was the victim and was only defending himself against Sloan, whom the defense attorney accused of possessing a gun at the time.

Fletcher added that Knight’s defense was to stand his ground.

The incident is the latest run-in with the law for Knight, who founded the wildly successful Death Row Records in 1991 and signed artists such as Snoop Doggy Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion) and Tupac Shakur.

Knight was driving the car in which Shakur was a passenger when the rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.

Shortly afterward, Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time — along with Shakur’s death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers, and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others — contributed to the label’s bankruptcy in 2006.

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He is accused of running over the two men during an argument.

In court testimony earlier this month, Sloan, 51, declined to identify Knight as his attacker because Sloan doesn’t want to be a “snitch” who sends Knight to prison, according to CNN affiliates KABC and KTLA.

Singer John Legend Launching ‘FREE AMERICA’ Campaign In Efforts To End Mass Incarceration

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John Legend launching a campaign to end mass incarceration, FREE AMERICA.

John Legend is using his talents to address a social cause. The Academy Award-winning singer has announced that he is launching a campaign to end mass incarceration, FREE AMERICA.

“We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country,” Legend told the Associated Press. “It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.”

The first things on Legend’s agenda will be to perform at a correctional facility in Austin, TX and then to attend a press conference with state legislators to talk about Texas’ criminal justice system. The Grammy-award winner will also co-host a criminal justice event with Politico in Washington, DC and pay a visit to a prison in California.

More artists will be added to the campaign in the future.

“I’m just trying to create some more awareness to this issue and trying to make some real change legislatively,” he said. “And we’re not the only ones. There are senators that are looking at this, like Rand Paul and Cory Booker, there are other nonprofits that are looking at this, and I just wanted to add my voice to that.”

Tanay Hudson, All Hip Hop

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Suge Knight Granted Bail Reduction In Hit And Run Case

Apparently the refusal to “snitch” on Suge Knight by Cle “Bone” Sloan, (the man he is accused of mowing down in his red pickup truck outside of “Tam’s” burgers in L.A.) has worked in Suge’s favor as he received some good news in court today.

The judge not only dropped one charge against him of hit and run, but he also lowered his bail from $25 million to a “much more doable” $10 million.

Suge’s attorneys stated that he could make bail as early as this week.

Hopefully if Suge is released on bail he will “steer clear” of any trouble out in them streets and work on getting his health in order before the trial. He is also still fighting an armed robbery case with co-defendant comedian Katt Williams over the theft of a paparazzi’s camera in 2014.

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Suge Knight’s bail reduced to $10 million in fatal hit and run case.

Via TMZ:

Suge Knight just got a big break … the judge in his murder case drastically reduced his bail, and it looks like bail is now doable.

The judge second-guessed his decision to set bail at $25 million, and lowered it this morning to $10 mil.

Suge’s lawyer, Matthew Fletcher, tells us, he now thinks Suge can make bail … as early as today.

And good news for Suge on another front. The judge dropped 1 of the hit-and-run counts in the fatal Tam’s parking lot collision.

The bad news for Suge … the judge didn’t drop the murder or attempted murder counts.

Crime Fiction Author Don Winslow Debuts The Final Cover For His Book ‘The Cartel’

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Crime fiction writer Don Winslow is a bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays.

Don Winslow is an American author most recognized for his crime and mystery novels. Many of his books are set in California. He has published a series of five novels that have a private investigator named Neal Carey as their main character.

He has written the screenplays for Savages, Satori and other adaptations of his novels with screenwriter/producer Shane Salerno. (via Wikipedia)


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Author Don Winslow shared a final edit of his book cover for the upcoming book, ‘The Cartel’.

Don Winslow shared the final cover for his upcoming sequel book, THE CARTEL via his Twitter page and I absolutely LOVE it.

The Cartel is the follow up to his novel, The Power of the Dog in which Winslow plans to set both books up and tell a two-film epic story of a drug war that spans 45 years and focuses on two mortal enemies.

According to Deadline.com, the first installment has been in the works for some time.

Winslow is planning to release the first film in the fall of 2016 and the second film around year 2018.

I am more than excited to get my hands on a copy of this book and the films are a MUST SEE.

I am positive that Mr. Winslow will execute them perfectly, the artwork visuals are pure dope.

The release date is set for June 23

Stay tuned to The Pen Hustle for more updates.

For more information on Don Winslow and The Cartel visit his official website

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CELEBRITY CRIME: Suge Knight Rolls Into Court In A Wheelchair And Fires His Attorney In Armed Robbery Case

Suge Knight appears in a Los Angeles court to face robbery charges confined to a wheelchair.

Suge Knight appears in a Los Angeles court to face robbery charges confined to a wheelchair.

So Suge Knight seems to be using this ailing health thing for all it’s worth.

At his last “hit and run” court appearance, (in which his defense claimed a blind spot in his left eye was the reason he ran over 2 men) he passed out after the judge set his bond at a cool $25 million.

Throughout his whole time in the bing, he has used his get out of jail card in order to take various trips to the hospital for medical care. 

This week he “rolled” into court in a wheelchair for an alleged robbery case in which he supposedly committed with comedian Katt Williams back in 2014.

The wheelchair may have actually helped his case as he was given more time to find new legal counsel.

Stay tuned to The Pen Hustle for a new update every time Marion blesses the court.

He is due back in front of a judge on Monday for the hit and run case.

And the Suge Knight Saga continues….


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Via Fox News:

A judge on Wednesday gave former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight time to hire a new attorney in a robbery case filed after a celebrity photographer accused him and comedian Katt Williams of taking her camera last year.

In a separate case, Knight has been charged with murder in a deadly hit-and-run.

The Death Row Records co-founder appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom chained to a wheelchair. He complained to Judge Ronald Coen, saying he could walk. Knight fell at his previous court hearing and has been taken from courthouses four times for medical conditions since he was charged with murder in early February.

The judge promised Knight, 49, that he would not be brought into court in the wheelchair again as long as he was fit to walk.

Coen pressed Knight about whether he wanted a new attorney in the robbery case. His previous attorney, David Kenner, said in a filing he no longer wanted to represent Knight.

Knight said he wanted to fire Kenner and has until May 27 to hire a new attorney.

Knight is due back in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in a murder case filed after he allegedly struck two men with his truck outside a Compton burger stand, killing one of them.

Knight’s attorney Matt Fletcher said he expects the hearing, during which prosecutors will present some of the evidence in the case, will go forward.

Fletcher said the wheelchair used at Wednesday’s hearing seemed to be an effort to humiliate Knight, who told Coen he walked from his jail cell onto the bus and walked into the courthouse before being placed in the chair.

“As he said, it’s like ‘Silence of the Lambs,'” Fletcher said, referencing a scene in 1991 film in which Anthony Hopkins’ character is heavily restrained and strapped to a hand truck.