Two survivors of assault talk about their experience and the after effects…
Two survivors of assault talk about their experience and the after effects…
Cynthia Barnes just proved that Suge Knight has value. More value than victims/survivors, more value than the work of Detectives from multiple jurisdictions investigating the crimes of a unremorseful repeat felon. Knight was given multiple accomodations, multiple chances and decades of criminality. Even though Suge had a long history of violence against his community, he was always given a life boat. Why?
He must be a valued asset. He must be part of a bigger corruption. He must be an informant. Why would a repeat felon be given another break? Why would a person on his 3rd or 4th Strike be given leniency with the possibility of parole after multiple violent crimes and ongoing crimes happening still under his direction as he sits in jail?
Marion Suge Knight has value: more than victims, more than their families, more than the public safety, more than logic and more than the law.
If DDA Cynthia Barnes was a serious prosecutor, why not charge Marion Suge Knight under the Rico ACT?
“Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise.” – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) | Nolo.com
It seems blatantly obvious that Marion Suge Knight was the head of an ongoing gang of his own making that included his girlfriend Toi-Lynn Kelly, his business partner Mark Blankenship, his attorneys Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeaus Culpepper. All have been indicted and one is currently in jail for aiding and abetting Knight by a long list of crimes such as: bribing witnesses, selling sealed court evidence, intimidating witnesses and more. Is that not the definition of a criminal conspiracy. An organized gang with ongoing ramifications and threats to public safety? More court cases more using detectives and police to investigate Knight’s army outside jail that is still under his control? Is this not an “ongoing criminal enterprise” starring us in the face? Why isn’t a “gang” “mob” head of his on criminal organization charged to the fullest extent of the law? By giving Knight a plea to 28 years and all of this other cases dismissed, what bigger purpose does it serve? Is Barnes argument that the plea saves money? If Knight was tried under Rico that argument would be mute. The evidence was solid against Knight in all of the cases, there is substantial documentation of his crimes and proof. Why not show it? The public has the right to be protected from Knight’s ongoing crime family and what they are capable of. By being lax with Knight and not knowing what percentage of time he must serve of the 28 years, it gives repeat offenders another example of beating the law.
This makes no sense if DDA Cynthia Barnes was interested in respecting the rule of the law and ensuring the public safety, why did she and her office short change Los Angeles? What benefit was it to dismiss other charges for the city when triple damages could be gotten if Knight was charged under the Rico Act? Why did Barnes give Knight another possible get out of jail free card? He must have something that is valuable? Or Cynthia Barnes is just inept. Is Suge Knight another example of Celebrity Justice running amuck or is it more sinister? A larger example of corruption in the LADA working in concert with another authority? If Cynthia Barnes thinks dismissing victim’s rights and public safety concerns is a winning strategy, she is sadly mistaken. Cynthia Barnes has no business in higher office or dealing with survivors of violent crime in any capacity.
When Suge Knight was at his bail hearing with his partner in crime comic Katt Williams for a 2014 robbery, he already had a long history of prior charges and probation. Judge Keith L. Schwartz of Office 56 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court presided. Schwartz who had overseen a Lindsay Lohan case, took sympathy for Knight and set him walking out the court with another bail. Judge Schwartz also gave a repeat offender and another trouble maker with the law Katt Williams the benefit of the doubt not the female photographer with no criminal history. Suge Knight had 2 strikes and this would have been his third. Judge Keith L. Schwartz believed Knight and Williams at the bail hearing where they stated the “the photographer” was taking pictures of a child. The judge who has run unopposed for his seat on the Superior Court, believed them without any corroborating evidence or hearing from the photographer. Both Williams and Knight skipped out of the bail hearing using their celebrity to celebwash the public. With Shawn Holley, who also had a favorable relationship with Harvey Levin, the go to attorney for in trouble celebs including Lindsay Lohan, on Williams side, Katt was ready to go full court press on TMZ.
TMZ was the place to go when a celebrity wanted to push their propaganda. And TMZ was more than happy to give Williams and Knight all the tape they needed to lie, harass and slander.
Both made videos pleading their case to the public - “they did nothing wrong, the female was doing inappropriate things with a child, there was no altercation” etc. Suge and Katt used TMZ as their own personal channel and bully pulpit. TMZ helped both by not reporting the robbery even though they were aware of the incident moments after it transpired. TMZ decided to wait until the pair were arrested a month later and posted an edited clip of the photographer being questioned by the investigating police officer who arrived on the scene moments after the crime.
TMZ held hands with Williams and Knight in their quest for getting away with crimes, building their fan base and making more money by promoting their “thug life” agenda. Diana Dasrath of TMZ called to get a sound bite from Knight's and Williams' robbery victim. During the telephone conversation, Dasrath told the victim that "No Lawyer Would Help Her". The victim refused to get an interview or a soundbite and ended the call.
The videos promoting the Williams-Knight robbery lies continued and escalated. Williams went on to do other interviews, concert tours, acting gigs and other crimes while free on bail. Keeping his gangster street cred relevant, Knight kept to the script of being an intimidating presence on the LA scene.
Standing by his monster red tricked out pick up truck, Knight went on to do a holiday video where he wore a red Christmas sweater. In the exclusive set up TMZ video, Knight said that in the coming year he was going to handle all his enemies. A few weeks later in 2015 Terry Carter would be run over to death by the same red monster truck that Suge Knight so proudly stood threatening his foes.
Judge Keith L. Schwartz is one of the many weak links in a chain of broken justice and public safety. His ego and his celebrity kissing attitude instead of actually reading over the facts, watching corroborating surveillance video or even questioning the victim, released Marion Suge Knight to do more harm. If Suge Knight was denied bail due to the facts that he was a repeat offender on his 2nd strike as well as violating his probation, would Terry Carter be alive? How many more crimes did Marion Suge Knight commit after the robbery? How many more did he do while in jail awaiting trial for murder? How many people did he threaten, harass and attempt to bribe? Even his girlfriend Toi-Lynn Kelly is in jail due to her helping him sell sealed court evidence to TMZ. Not only is his baby’s mamma locked up but his business partner and friend Lawyer Mark Blankenship has been indicted with the same sealed evidence case. Many of those who chose to hitch their wagons on the Knight train, have to stand trial for their attachment. Attorneys’ Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher were indicted for conspiracy, attempted bribery and perjury while attempting to get Suge Knight off on his murder trial.
Will TMZ be held accountable for purchasing sealed court evidence and aiding abetting Knight? Probably not? Will Judge L. Schwartz lose his Office 56 Seat on the Los Angeles Superior Court next time he runs for re-election? Will celebrities cases be tried differently in the future? Will victims be heard and taken seriously?
I have very little faith in the Los Angeles Justice System. Celebrity Criminals get the benefit of the doubt not the Survivors especially if a lone female comes forward.
My robbery case was dismissed against Suge Knight without prior knowledge or consent.
So where My Rights for a fair trail? Video Evidence was never released to the Public to clear me of the accusations that Katt Williams and Marion Suge Knight lied, landered me with and showed the robbery and the assault perpetrated by them.
To many 28 years for Marion Suge Knight is justice. That maybe true yet if Knight was denied bail while he had broken his rules for probation, Terry Carter would be alive. Celebrities need to be held accountable for their actions and not given extra chances when they have a proven track record of breaking the law with violence. So Goodbye Suge Knight and good luck to Katt Williams who was given multiple get out of free jail cards in both Georgia and California. Hopefully he is done with injuring and robbing people. after an 8 year run. Maybe he has learned from his former manager and friend Suge Knight not to kill anyone and realize he is lucky he escaped making the same fate.
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