Former defense lawyer for rap mogul Knight Marion “Suge” agreed to a plea agreement barring him from practicing law for life in California.
Matthew Fletcher57 years old, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed in an email to Law & Crime. Fletcher also agreed to “resign from the bar and […] never sought rehabilitation,” according to the DA office, which added that Fletcher will also be on probation for an extended period to be determined on his May 17 sentencing date.
Prosecutors, in turn, agreed to drop charges of conspiracy to receive bribes and accessories following an incident related to Fletcher’s alleged actions in defending Knight, as well as an unrelated perjury charge stemming from from the testimony he gave at the State Bar hearing under oath. Fletcher faced 44 months in prison if convicted on all five counts.
The settlement came after a two-month trial and on the second day the jury deliberated in the case.
ONE jury indicted Fletcher in 2018 following allegations that he bribed witnesses to lie about the deadly 2015 incident that prompted prosecutors to file murder and attempted murder charges against his client. his.
The rap mogul finally reached a settlement with prosecutors in that case in 2018, agreeing to plead not guilty to voluntary manslaughter for beating Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with his truck in a Compton parking lot. Unfortunately, Carter died from the injuries he sustained that day, and Knight is currently serving a 28-year sentence behind bars.
The charges against Fletcher were first set forth in the 2017 Real and/or Probable Conflict of Interest Court Request for Investigation filed by the then District Attorney in 2017. Jackie Lacey. That record states:
The people hereby petition this Court to conduct an investigation into possible conflicts
interested in Fletcher, who is now a profile advisor for [Knight]. As will be
shown below, each of these potential conflicts directly threatens
the defendant’s constitutional rights, the integrity of the criminal justice system, and
effect of any criminal conviction in this case.
Specifically, Dan Tri reported to the Court that investigators had collected
evidence of possible witness tampering, bribery, conspiracy to violate a court order and
Obstruction of justice on the part of attorney Fletcher in the People v. Marion “Suge” case
The petition goes on to mention detailed conversations between Fletcher and Knight. These conversations occurred after a judge issued a request from prosecutors for an Ex Parte Order related to Knight’s calls and visits. More than a month later, Fletcher could be heard discussing witnesses in a call that was intercepted by investigators. During that call with Knight, Fletcher is said to have talked about paying three witnesses who lied and said guns were present at the crime scene. One of the witnesses he allegedly spoke to about the bribe was the man Knight allegedly crashed into his car.
At the end of their conversation, Fletcher is said to have told Knight:
Now I have assholes out there… I’m paying you
assholes $100 an hour each… the first one
the person there is the one receiving the money. I will pay anything… if
we can get these three, this is heaven for me, if we can get two
or three versions from cyclists on ice and we can get (recorded
interrupt) we’re done. It’s home now. It’s correct? It’s a fair
native investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars to
Paying these assholes to go home? (chuckles) Damn. Over there
you go, boom, boom, boom.
According to the petition, the “assholes” alluded to by Fletcher in that call were witnesses to the crime.
Fletcher is also accused of conspiring with a police informant who was intentionally put on a transport bus with Knight. After the informant offered to help Knight, he contacted Fletcher, who is said to have said at one point in their conversation:
Now we’re at the point where he (Bone) and a few others
cats out there, they need money… before you give them damn money I told them
have to give us something back…it’s like the way it is…he’ll take care
Yours, but you have to take care of it… These cats sat there, and I set up this damn thing.
so to talk so they can come give their little demo and then
lack of money… “We can’t write checks”… This is Compton, we don’t write
Fletcher was then accused of stating this later in that conversation:
If this cat is willing to step forward and say, “Look, we’ve got guns, that’s
what we had, you know we did it… I don’t care why he said it… If
he… If someone on the street says, “Oh, they gave us 50 racks”… Okay, okay
prove it sucks… All I know is I put you on tape saying, you’ve got a damn mom
heat… That’s all we need… I said so… We have this group of people, who you know,
they want to play, they want to play Eagle legally, I guess…
This is so obvious to me… These bastards pay the price,
let’s pay that mother damn price… Damn it, I told Suge you could always do
an extra amount of money that you can’t get any more free
Fletcher eventually resigned as Knight’s attorney before a grand jury decided to indict him in 2018. Fletcher briefly withheld the advice of a prominent crime defense attorney. Mark Geragos but represented himself at trial.
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