Compton, CA — Ever since it was first adopted in this state, the Three Strikes Law has been controversial. While many support longer sentences for repeat criminal offenders, others argue that the law is overly harsh and leads to lifelong prison sentences for relatively minor third offenses. Repeat offenders often face harsher treatment before and during trial as well, and may be denied bail.
On Monday, Marion “Suge” Knight, 49, was charged with murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run after he allegedly ran over two men with his car on Thursday in Compton, killing one and injuring another. Knight, the co-founder of the hip-hop record label Death Row Records, was on the set of the film Straight Outta Compton, which chronicles the early career of the influential rap group NWA, when he allegedly got into an altercation with Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan and drove away, striking the men with his vehicle. The next day he turned himself into the authorities and was released on more than $2 million bail after being booked on suspicion of hit-and-run.