Two television journalists are fighting a grand jury subpoena issued over a prison interview with Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that Nora Donaghy and William Erb, documentary filmmakers working as producers for eOne on a six-part series called “Death Row Chronicles,” were summoned to testify before a grand jury as Knight prepares to defend himself in a murder trial.
The series is due to premiere on BET in February, which could coincide with the start of Knight’s trial in connection with a hit-and-run incident on the “Straight Outta Compton” film set that killed Terry Carter, THR reports.
“According to a filed declaration by Donaghy, whose work includes ‘Darfur Now,’ ‘Betting on Zero’ and the Emmy-nominated ‘L.A. Burning,’ two law enforcement officers showed up at her home on the morning of Jan. 18. She says she was ‘shocked and terrified,’ and the officers presented her with a search warrant,” THR reports.
The warrant reportedly seeks evidence of an alleged conspiracy to violate court orders related to Knight’s murder case. Officers reportedly seized Donaghy’s cellphone.
Erb reportedly received a visit from detectives on Jan. 17 with a subpoena ordering him to appear before a grand jury within days.
“The two journalists subsequently filed an application to quash the grand jury subpoenas and order a return of seized news-gathering materials,” THR reports. “Represented by Kelli Sager at Davis Wright Tremaine, the two blast a ‘shocking disregard of state law’ and say, ‘This is the kind of gross overreaching that California’s shield law and related provisions have been designed to prevent.'”