A 2005 no-show in court may be at the center of Death Row's collapse.
According to Death Row's ex-security chief Reggie Wright Jr, the downfall of the empire coincided with Suge Knight declaring bankruptcy following a court's decision to divvy up $107 million of his equity. The story isn't as simple or straightforward as a business deed gone wrong. Lydia Harris, the wife of an incarcerated cocaine trafficker facing currently 28 years in federal prison, filed a lawsuit against Suge claiming Death Row owed her an appreciated sum based on the "seed money" supposedly put forward while the label was still in its embryonic phase.
Reggie White Jr, present for both the bumps and the triumphs, believes the judgment against Suge in Lydia Harris' favor, "shouldn't have happened" - a ruling he refers to as a "default judgment" due Suge Knight's no-showing at a key interval of the trial. White Jr. believes that Suge "disrespected" the court system by playing hooky, which in turn gave rise to "actual bias" from the judge, the court, and its constituents. $107 was million too great a burden for Suge Knight considering Death Row's limited revenue net, at the time of the ruling (2005).
After touching on the demise of the "Death Row Empire," Reggie White Jr. and DJ Vlad push the conversation onward by touching on Suge's current plight in prison, and his insistence putting "2Pac is alive" conspiracies to bed, vis-a-vis his own offspring Suge Knight Jr. Check out the rest of the clip above and hit us with your thoughts.