2 Ex-Lawyers for Suge Knight Arrested

Prosecutors have accused them of witness tampering
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 26, 2018 12:40 AM CST
2 Suge Knight Ex-Lawyers Arrested
In this March 20, 2015 photo, Attorney Matthew Fletcher, left, speaks for his client, Marion "Suge" Knight, right, in a court appearance for a bail review hearing in his murder case in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Robyn Beck, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Two Los Angeles attorneys who represented former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight were arrested Thursday on warrants alleging they were accessories after the fact to a felony, authorities say. The attorneys, Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, were arrested Thursday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, sheriff's department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told the AP. The warrants allege they were accessories after the fact to a crime, she said, without providing any additional details. Fletcher, 53, was arrested around 2pm and was booked at the county jail, officials said. Jail records showed he was being held on $1 million bail. No information was listed about Culpepper.

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In a court filing in August, prosecutors accused Fletcher and Knight of witness tampering in the rap mogul's pending murder case. Transcripts of recorded conversations suggested the two had discussed fabricating testimony and that Knight had tried to pay off potential witnesses with his lawyer's help, the filing said. The alleged talks of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail, and Fletcher, along with Knight's fiancee and his business partner. Fletcher is one of several lawyers who have represented Knight since he was charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in Jan. 2015, killing one of them. Knight has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial later this year.

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