Marion “Suge” Knight Attorney Arrested In Murder Case
Los Angeles, CA.- Thaddeus Culpepper, attorney for former Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested last night along with another attorney in what appears to be charges related to a pattern of unauthorized – and possibly illegal- disclosures from Knight to the outside world- disclosures Culpepper vehemently denied making many times, including his denial of disclosing Knights alleged statements backing the theories presented in the 2017 documentary “Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton.”
According to the L.A. Times, in August, 2017 Los Angeles County prosecutors alleged that Culpepper, Knight and others tampered with witnesses and discussed bribes connected to the rap impresario’s murder case. The allegations were detailed in a 22-page court filing.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Thaddeus Culpepper was arrested at his home around 5 p.m. last night, though she declined to elaborate on the accessory charges filed against Culpepper mirroed that of the other Knight attorney Matthew Fletcher- who was taken into custody at the Long Beach courthouse around 2 p.m. and was being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In April of 2017, according to a written statement prepared by former LAPD Detective Russell Poole and released after his death, Culpepper had informed Poole and others, including attorneys present, that Knight had specifically endorsed the concepts and theories in the 2017 documentary “Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton.” . At its core, “Battle for Compton” bucks the claim that Knight was a suspect in the killings of Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, and presents the theory that Knight was an intended target in the Shakur Killing and blamed for the Wallace killing by several associates of Death Row Records, including alleged involvement by Knight’s former wife and security director in both shootings.
Shortly after the April 2017 release of Pooles claims- including Culpepper statements on his client’s behalf endorsing “Compton”- went “viral”, Culpepper moved into damage control, calling news agencies denying Poole’s posthumous claims, and threatening those who might carry the Poole claims as “fake news.”
According to the LA Times, however, this denial of disclosures- many alleged to be blocked by court order in Knight’s pending LA murder case- are nothing new. The Times claims Culpepper chastised the district attorney’s office and wrote to them in response to allegations of Knight using his attorneys to contact the media, ‘The facts in this case are extremely compelling and overwhelmingly prove Mr. Knight’s innocence. No amount of prosecutorial spin or mudslinging will change that!’
Now that it appears Culpepper may have been doing more than simply amplifying Knight’s endorsement of “Compton” (which happen to provide possible background into Knight’s latest trial); prosecutors now claim Culpepper agreed to pay an informant for “his sworn testimony that he was present at the time of the crime and [witnessed] evidence favorable to the defense.”
This is no surprise to the producers of “Compton.
” Culpepper was a guy out there doing whatever he could- legally and maybe not so legally- to portray Knight as a victim in his latest trial,” said “Compton” Director RJ Bond.
” And even though he tried to deny making that claim- which he made to many people, including Poole, we think Cullepper said what he said, and looks to be 100% in keeping with what he has been arrested for. Of course he will deny these allegations too.
” But we know he said it, we believe Knight’s current woes may tie to 20 year old events and Culpepper’s statement to Poole moves fluently with what they are trying to do as a defense team. They just look to have stepped into something they can’t threaten their way out of.
” We loved the endorsement because it appeared to be congruent with our message. If you want to know why, watch the movie.”
Watch “Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton” peel back the layers and reveal the context for the shootings of Shaku and Wallace. It is available worldwide at retailers and online.