Judge: Jail visitation restrictions on Suge Knight are valid

FILE - In this July 17, 2015 file photo, Marion "Suge" Knight sits in court during a bail hearing in his murder case, in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Thursday, April 28, 2016, that jail officials properly obtained an order restricting the Knight’s access to non-attorney visitors, phone calls and mail while he remains behind bars while awaiting trial on murder and attempted murder charges. Knight’s lawyer had sought to overturn the restrictions, which were granted after a sheriff’s detective requested them in a sealed court filing in February. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has rejected a motion by Marion “Suge” Knight’s attorney to restore the former rap mogul’s jail visitation rights and access to mail and phone calls.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan ruled Thursday that jail officials properly obtained an order earlier this year to restrict Knight’s contact with the outside world to preserve jail security. Details about why the order was obtained remain under seal.

Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges filed last year after he ran over two men outside a burger stand in Compton, California. The Death Row Records co-founder told a judge on April 21 that restrictions were hampering his defense.

Knight’s attorney Thaddeus Culpepper said he believes Ryan’s order misstates the law and his client’s constitutional rights are being violated.

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