Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Jan. 29 cut Knight’s access to phone calls and non-attorney visitors, the website reports. The order was issued at the request of a sheriff’s detective investigating Knight’s murder case, in which he is charged with running over two men, killing one, outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015.
Details about what prompted the order to restrict Knight’s access to visitors are under seal.
The order came a week after Knight hired his fifth lawyer in the case. As previously reported, he fired criminal defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau and hired former prosecutor Stephen Schwartz.
Court records show the sheriff’s request to restrict Knight’s jail privileges had been received a week earlier. Judge Ronald Coen, who is handling separate murder and robbery cases against Suge, asked that the sheriff’s request about jail issues be assigned to a different judge.
Since then, Knight had steadily regained access to several other visitors. Court records indicate Coen allowed Knight visits from his parents, seven of his children, two spiritual advisers, 11 attorneys, a bail bond agent and any notary public.
Under the new order, Knight loses all mail, phone and visitation privileges from everyone except his attorneys, Culpepper and Schwartz, and they are only allowed to visit him outside regular visiting hours. While Knight can speak by telephone with his attorneys, Ryan’s order states Knight’s lawyers cannot conduct a conference call or transfer the call to anyone else.
Knight faces potential life sentences if convicted in either case because of prior convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun.