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Judge Rules to Protect Witnesses' Identities in Suge Knight Murder Case

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Marion "Suge" Knight appears for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors cite Knight's history of violence & allegations that he has intimidated witnesses.

A judge says lawyers for Marion "Suge" Knight cannot receive additional information about several potential witnesses in the murder case against the onetime rap mogul.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen ruled Friday (July 22) that prosecutors had shown good reasons to withhold the identities of three confidential informants and the addresses of several witnesses.

Coen made his ruling after meeting in a closed session with a prosecutor and detective.

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Knight's lawyers sought the information so they could independently interview the witnesses to prepare a defense for the Death Row Records co-founder.

Prosecutors objected, citing Knight's history of violence and allegations that he has intimidated witnesses.

The 51-year-old Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.

The hearing Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court came amid new health problems for the Death Row Records co-founder, who was hospitalized for more than a week recently.

His attorney, J. Tooson, says Knight received emergency treatment for complications stemming from blood clots that developed after he was shot seven times in a West Hollywood nightclub in 2014.

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