Suge Knight. Photo by TheMcShark/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Suge Knight. Photo by TheMcShark/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A judge said Thursday he would consider modifying the tight security measures under which Marion “Suge” Knight is being jailed while awaiting trial in separate cases in which the former rap mogul is charged with murder and robbery.

The 51-year-old defendant claims he has not had an in-person meeting with his parents or his defense investigator since January as a result of a court order that was issued under seal. He also alleges that his phone privileges have been severely restricted.

“Mr. Knight has been railroaded by (an) order under seal,” defense attorney Thaddeus Culpepper told Judge William Ryan during a hearing in downtown Los Angeles. “He’s walking around not knowing what’s happening to him.”

Arguing for a loosening of Knight’s jailhouse restrictions, Culpepper said his client’s inability to use the phone more than once a week is making it difficult to prepare for trial.

“He’s locked in his cell 24 hours a day,” Culpepper said.

Ryan told the attorney to draft a proposal which would be taken under submission.

Knight is awaiting trial on one count each of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run for allegedly killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan on Jan. 29, 2015, in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue.

He is charged separately, along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams, in a robbery case in which the two are accused of taking a camera from a female press photographer in September 2014. That case is due back in court June 21.

Early last year, Judge Ronald Coen — who is overseeing both trials — signed an order terminating Knight’s outgoing telephone calls, mail and visitation. That order was later modified to allow visits from family members, children, various investigators and attorneys.

In January, Ryan signed another order terminating all of Knight’s privileges. Ryan later allowed visits from defense counsel.

“The sheriff has the right to control the jails,” county attorney Steve Niwa told the judge Thursday.

Wire reports 

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