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Notorious B.I.G. ‘was executed by a Nation of Islam convert in a hit arranged by Suge Knight’

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Death Row Records founder Suge Knight paid a hitman from the Nation of Islam to kill rapper Notorious B.I.G. as revenge for the killing of Tupac Shakur even though the intended target of the 1997 murder was Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, it has been alleged.

The claims were made by a retired FBI agent who also alleges that corrupt cops from the Los Angeles Police Department helped cover up the murder. 

Those claims were backed up by two filmmakers who said they’ve read court papers corroborating the allegations.

The rapper, who was also known as Biggie Smalls and whose legal name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in LA on March 9, 1997. He was just 24 years old.

No charges were filed in the case. 

The killing was believed to have been the result of a feud between LA-based Death Row Records and its bitter rival, Bad Boy Records, which is based in New York City.

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Marion 'Suge' Knight

The 1997 murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (left) was planned by Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight (right), according to a retired FBI agent

Phil Carson, who worked on the case for two years when he was with the FBI, believes Knight paid Amir Muhammad, also known as Harry Billups, to kill the Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The rapper was shot and killed while riding inside an SUV (above)

Phil Carson, who worked on the case for two years when he was with the FBI, believes Knight paid Amir Muhammad, also known as Harry Billups, to kill the Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. The rapper was shot and killed while riding inside an SUV (above)

Carson alleges that Notorious B.I.G., whose legal name was Christopher Wallace, was killed as part of the 'East Coast-West Coast' rap feud. Wallace's funeral procession is seen above in Brooklyn on March 18, 1997

Carson alleges that Notorious B.I.G., whose legal name was Christopher Wallace, was killed as part of the ‘East Coast-West Coast’ rap feud. Wallace’s funeral procession is seen above in Brooklyn on March 18, 1997

The former FBI agent also claims that the actual target of the hit on Wallace was Bad Boy Records founder Sean 'Diddy' Combs (seen above in 2000)

The former FBI agent also claims that the actual target of the hit on Wallace was Bad Boy Records founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (seen above in 2000)

Knight, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence after his 2018 conviction for murder in a hit-and-run case, founded Death Row Records, while Smalls was under contract with rival Bad Boy, helmed by Combs.

Phil Carson, a retired FBI agent who worked the case for two years, told the New York Post that the man who pulled the trigger is Amir Muhammad.

Muhammad, who was originally known as Harry Billups, changed his name when he joined the Nation of Islam. He has reportedly reversed his identity and is now known as Billups.

Billups is said to be working in real estate in Georgia.  

Knight is alleged to have ordered the hit on Wallace as revenge for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur (pictured right with Knight in Los Angeles in 1996)

Knight is alleged to have ordered the hit on Wallace as revenge for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur (pictured right with Knight in Los Angeles in 1996)

‘All the evidence points to Amir Muhammad,’ Carson told the Post.

‘He’s the one who pulled the trigger.

‘There were plenty of others who helped orchestrate it [and] allowed him to pull the trigger.’

Carson’s claims are not new. Muhammad has long been suspected of involvement in Wallace’s death.

The retired agent tells the Post that the alleged cover-up ‘was the biggest miscarriage of justice in my 20-year career at the FBI.

‘I had evidence that LAPD officers were involved and I was shut down by the LAPD and city attorneys inside Los Angeles.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to the LAPD and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office seeking comment.

Don Sikorski, the executive producer of the 2018 film City of Lies, says he and director Brad Furman have seen sealed documents from a civil lawsuit filed by Wallace’s family against the LAPD nearly 20 years ago.

He told the Post that the unsolved murder is not a riddle.

‘All the answers are in black and white,’ the filmmaker told the Post.

The Post reports that it obtained a 2003 report by the FBI which supports allegations made by Carson, Sikorski, and Furman.

‘Amir Muhammad, AKA Harry Billups, the godparent to LAPD Officer David Mack’s two children, has been identified by several sources as the trigger man,’ Carson’s formal FBI request for an investigation reads.

‘Mack is a registered owner of a 1995 Black SS Impala with chrome wheels, the exact description given as being driven by Wallace’s shooter.’

Mack has denied any involvement in Wallace’s murder. He was never charged.

In 1997, Mack, who had a distinguished career as an LAPD officer, was arrested on bank robbery charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Brad Furman

Don Sikorski

Film director Brad Furman (left) and executive producer Don Sikorski (right), who collaborated on the 2018 movie City of Lies, which is based on a book about the Wallace killing, say they have seen sealed court documents that back up Carson’s claims

Carson also claims that Combs, the founder of Bad Boy Records, was the intended target of the hit.

Combs, a friend of Wallace, was riding in the vehicle ahead of the SUV that was carrying the late rapper on the night he was shot.

Carson said that when he told Combs of his findings, ‘Diddy’ was ‘pretty freaked out.’

Wallace’s murder took place six months after another unsolved killing – that of rapper Tupac Shakur.

Shakur was a star hip-hop artist on the Death Row label. He was gunned down in Las Vegas in September 1996 just hours after he attended a Mike Tyson boxing match.

His murder was also thought to have been linked to the ‘East Coast-West Coast’ feud and fueled security worries that Wallace and the Bad Boy entourage from New York would be targeted in a revenge hit.

Just six months later, Wallace was in LA where he attended the Soul Train music awards. After the show, he left a party in a black GMC Suburban – the middle car of a three-vehicle convoy.

Soon afterward, his car stopped at a red light on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard near Carthay Circle.

According to witnesses, a black Chevy Impala pulled up next to Wallace’s vehicle. A man inside the vehicle wearing a blue suit and bow tie fired several rounds into the car.

Wallace was shot four times. The first three shots were not fatal, but the fourth damaged vital organs. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Carson tells the Post that Wallace’s driver, Greg ‘G Money’ Young, did not have much security experience.

According to Carson, instead of stopping at the red light, Young should have sped through, especially at that late hour – 12:47am.

‘Biggie became a stationary target,’ said Carson.

Carson said that eyewitness testimony points to Muhammad, a friend of Mack, as the killer.

Forest Whitaker

Johnny Depp

City of Lies stars Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker. Depp (right) plays a real-life LAPD detective, Russell Poole, who pursues the Wallace murder investigation but is frustrated by his superiors. In the film, Poole joins forces with a fictional reporter played by Whitaker (left) in search for answers

Though he was briefly considered a suspect, he was never charged. Sikorski agreed with Carson that Muhammad was responsible.

‘When you read those [sealed] documents there is overwhelming evidence that paints for you exactly who did the murder and why [the LAPD] covered it up,’ Sikorski said.

Carson believes Suge Knight paid Muhammad, Mack, and another cop, Rafael Perez – all of whose names were mentioned in the Wallace family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

‘Suge Knight financed the murder,’ said Carson.

‘Suge was ticked off that his cash cow Tupac was murdered.

‘Suge had an accountant that was part of Death Row Records who helped do the financial side of things to pay for the murders.’

It is not known how much money Knight allegedly paid to have Wallace murdered.

According to Carson, Knight was motivated to target Wallace and his entourage because of a lingering suspicion that a bodyguard for Combs, Anthony ‘Wolf’ Jones, shot and killed a friend, Jake Robles, at a party in Atlanta in 1995.

No charges were brought in the cast. Jones was fatally shot in Atlanta in 2003.

In 2018, Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter.

He was arrested in 2015 after killing a man in a hit-and-run during filming of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

City of Lies stars Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker. Depp plays a real-life LAPD detective, Russell Poole, who pursues the Wallace murder investigation but is frustrated by his superiors.

In the film, Poole joins forces with a fictional reporter played by Whitaker in search for answers.

The film was initially slated for release in the United States in September 2018, but the distributor pulled it from the schedule.

Saban Films eventually acquired the film and released it in March 2021. 

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Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport

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Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’. 

The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely. 

According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored. 


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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020

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Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.

Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.

During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.

Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.

Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.

A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020.
A couple poses for a photo in front of a Trump campaign bus at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, on 2 December 2020. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.

The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.

The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.

A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.

Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.

The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.

Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.

Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.

A man holds a sign reading "The dead cannot vote" at a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Trump supporters attend a rally in Alpharetta, Georgia, where Sidney Powell spoke on efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Photograph: Nathan Posner/REX/Shutterstock

Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”

Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”

Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.

But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.

In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.

“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”

Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.

In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.

Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”

Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.

Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.

Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.

As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.

Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.

Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Sidney Powell speaks at a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.

But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.

Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”

To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.

But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.

As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.

In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”

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Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed

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The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.


Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.





Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.


Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.


The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.


The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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