Judge Says Lawyers for Biggie’s Family “Deceived the Court” in LAPD Suit
Yesterday (May 23) federal Judge Florence Marie Cooper declared that the court was “absolutely deceived” by the attorneys handling a wrongful death suit brought against the city by the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Earlier this year, the proceedings ended in a mistrial after the family’s legal team alleged that an LAPD detective intentionally withheld testimony from a jailhouse informant that implicated rogue police officers Rafael Perez and David Mack in the rapper’s slaying. At that time, the trial ended and the city was ordered to pay the family $1.1 million in legal fees and expenses. According to the Associated Press, city attorney Vincent Marella produced a report originally prepared by a private investigator that proves the family actually had knowledge of the informant’s statements back in 2002, well before the trial went to court. Perry Sanders, an attorney representing the family, has since stated that after initially telling the judge that he had no prior knowledge of the report, he realized his error and “made it clear” to the court. Judge Cooper has temporarily halted any sharing of information between the plaintiffs and the defense and stated that she is not inclined to allow the family to refile the lawsuit.