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.