Suge Knight’s hearing to see if he should be
sent back to prison for associating with known gang members was postponed Tuesday
by California state officials.
The official reason for the delay on the decision
to revoke Knight’s parole to send him back to prison was delayed because the
Califorina Board of Prison Terms wanted to review whether or not Knight was
allowed to have legal representation at his hearing.
"We wanted to be comfortable that we were
on solid ground with whatever decision we made," Bill Sessa, the panel’s
liaison said. Sessa said that a new hearing date would be issued within a few
Sessa added that lawyers are typically barred
from parole revocation hearings, which are made on a case-by-case basis. Knight’s
attorney David Z. Chesnoff said that Knight was being treated unfair.
"Since the day this guy got back on the
streets, a double standard has been applied to him with respect to his parole
conditions. They treat him like he’s Public Enemy No. 1," Chesnoff told
the Los Angeles Times.
"I met personally with the parole people
on Suge’s behalf and they told me they understood there would be circumstances,
based on the kind of rap music genre that he was involved in, where he might
come into contact with people that they think have gang affiliations,"
Knight has been locked up since December 23,
after being arrested and confronted with various evidence showing that he had
associated with various gang members, something his parole stipulated he was
prohibited from doing.
"I told parole that if I had to stop dealing
with people from the ‘hood, I might as well shut my business down," Knight
said from his jail cell in December. "I can’t just turn my back on the
people I came up with. Rap comes from the same place that I did — the ghetto."