California officials postponed a parole board hearing to decide whether jailed rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should go back to prison for allegedly associating with gang members. Members of the Calif

California officials postponed a parole board hearing to decide whether jailed rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should go back to prison for allegedly associating with gang members. Members of the California Board of Prison Terms "wanted to review our decision about whether he could have legal representation at the meeting," Bill Sessa, the panel's liaison, said yesterday (Feb. 11).

Board members had barred Knight's attorney, David Z. Chesnoff, from attending the hearing with his client. Knight, 37, has been in jail since Dec. 23 awaiting a parole board hearing. Attorneys typically are barred from parole revocation hearings, but such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. No date was set for a new hearing, but it likely will be within two weeks, Sessa said.

"We wanted to be comfortable that we were on solid ground with whatever decision we made," Sessa said. Chesnoff had complained that barring him from the hearing was unfair.

The violations involve Knight's alleged association with reputed gang members at social events. In December, state investigators said they learned Knight had been in contact with gang members after raiding his home and office a month earlier as part of an unrelated investigation.

Knight's attorney maintains his client has done nothing wrong, adding that if he did come into contact with any gang members it only would have been through his responsibilities as a record company executive. Knight is the founder of Death Row Records, which has been renamed Tha Row.

Knight served five years in prison for assault and federal weapons violations.


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