Judge smacks city’s hand for withholding evidence during civil trial.

*A federal judge has ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million in legal fees and court costs to the family of the late Notorious B.I.G. for intentionally withholding evidence during the family’s civil lawsuit trial.

According to the Los Angeles Times, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper made the ruling Friday, stating the withheld information could have helped the Wallace family in its wrongful death suit against the city.

The rapper’s March 9, 1997, murder after attending a party in Los Angeles remains unsolved.

Cooper denied the family’s initial request for $2 million, but left open the possibility of the family to recoup an additional $300,000, the Times said.

“It’s pretty clear from the ruling that the judge understands this is a significant and difficult case,” said the family’s attorney, Perry Sanders.

The family’s civil suit ended in a mistrial after it was discovered that the Los Angeles Police Department withheld statements linking rogue LAPD officers David Mack and Rafael Perez to the shooting of B.I.G.—whose real name was Christopher Wallace. 

The plaintiffs alleged that Mack, a convicted bank robber, orchestrated Wallace’s killing with the help of college friend on behalf of Death Row Records chief Marion “Suge” Knight. All three have denied involvement.

Jonathan Diamond, spokesman for City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, told the Associated Press of the ruling: “We were disappointed with the order. We believe the officer’s conduct was inadvertent, and we will prevail at trial on the merits of the case.”

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