The Endless Fall of Suge Knight

This April 8, 2015 file photo shows former rap mogul Marion "Suge'' Knight appears in a Los Angeles court on charges that he and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams stole a photographer's camera in Beverly Hills, Calif. Knight refused to attend a court hearing on Wednesday May 27, 2015, in a robbery case filed after a celebrity photographer accused him and comedian Katt Williams of stealing her camera last year. A Los Angeles judge said Knight told deputies he was too sick to come to court. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool, File)
This April 8, 2015 file photo shows former rap mogul Marion "Suge'' Knight appears in a Los Angeles court on charges that he and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams stole a photographer's camera in Beverly Hills, Calif.  Knight refused to attend a court hearing on Wednesday May 27, 2015, in a robbery case filed after a celebrity photographer accused him and comedian Katt Williams of stealing her camera last year. A Los Angeles judge said Knight told deputies he was too sick to come to court. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool, File)
This April 8, 2015 file photo shows former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight appears in a Los Angeles court on charges that he and comedian Micah “Katt” Williams stole a photographer’s camera in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool, File)

 

(Rolling Stone) – On March 20th, inside the high-security wing of Los Angeles’ Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, the man once called “the most feared man in hip-hop” is looking more like the 50-year-old with chronic health issues that he is. Suge Knight sits in shackles, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and chunky glasses, his beard flecked with gray, listening impassively. It’s the end of the day’s proceedings, and Judge Ronald S. Coen is announcing the bail for Knight, who is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run: “In this court’s opinion, $25 million is reasonable, and it is so set.” A gasp erupts from Knight’s row of supporters — some of whom sport red clothing or accessories, a color associated with the Bloods and Piru street gangs. The most shocked are Knight’s family, who have attended nearly all of his court dates: his parents, along with his fiancee, Toilin Kelly, and sister Karen Anderson. “He’s never had a bail like that before!” Anderson exclaims.

As attendees exit and Knight is escorted out by the bailiffs, Knight’s attorney Matthew Fletcher pleads with Coen to reconsider. Fletcher points out that Knight has been held in solitary confinement for nearly three months, with next to no contact with family or friends. (“They wouldn’t allow this at Guantánamo Bay,” Fletcher says.) The lawyer goes on to complain about Knight’s treatment in jail for his numerous medical ailments, which include diabetes, blood clots and impaired vision.

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