Just a moment after Suge Knight’s bail was set at $25 million as a result of a murder case in February, the rapper collapsed in a courtroom in downtown Los Angeles on Friday morning.
Knight’s lawyer, Matthew Fletcher, said his 49-year-old client, who is believed to be diabetic and has a blood clot, has been in solitary confinement and has not been on medication since Thursday.The doctor came to court on Friday looking worse because he was dressed.
The LA Times reported that Knight’s left shoulder twitched and he seemed tense during the hearing.Talking to the NBC Los Angeles, Matthew Fletcher said that just before his client collapsed, Knight appeared ill and said he was not being given medication.
“He sweats, like someone flushed a bucket of water at him,” said attorney.Nicole Nishida, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Police Department, told the LA Times that Knight had been taken to a prison hospital block, where he was being evaluated.But the Deputy County. Atty. Cynthia J. Barnes said she believes Knight “did it in front of the lens.” Ser Suge’s court
Knight had a previous criminal record for assault with a deadly weapon and could face up to 25 years in prison for life under California’s so-called triple strike law if he was convicted at trial.
In court, the LA Times reported that Knight’s lawyer had argued for a lower bail amount, saying that his client was not in danger of fleeing because he could recognize it.But the Deputy County. Atty. Cynthia J. Barnes said she did not believe even the $25 million bail was high enough.
“In support of the claim, Barnes documented the Death Row Records co-founder’s extensive legislation in nearly 300 pages of written arguments and supporting evidence, including more than two dozen police reports and a testimony related to Knight in robberies, extortion, money laundering, assault, witness intimidation and assault,” according to the LA Times.
“When I wrote this, I was horrified… basically, he was above the law,” she says.
Check the laundry list for disclosures from court documents at the LA Times.