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Deputy D.A. Longo Receives a Revised Dismissal Notice

March 22, 1997

For the second time in a month, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office has concluded that prosecutor Lawrence M. Longo should be fired for his handling of a 1992 assault case involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

On Friday, the district attorney's office hand-delivered to Longo a new dismissal notice, supplementing a notice delivered Feb. 22 that alleged that Longo's actions had created the appearance of impropriety.

Included in the letter were two new allegations--that Longo made unauthorized promises to Knight as part of a controversial 1995 plea bargain in the assault case, and that Longo's conduct leading up to the plea bargain caused a loss of "public confidence" in the office.

Knight cut a record deal last year with Longo's 18-year-old daughter and lived in a Malibu Colony home owned by Longo's family while the deputy district attorney was overseeing Knight's case.

Longo could not be reached for comment Friday. His attorney, Donald R. Wager, said he plans to challenge the allegations in a Civil Service Commission hearing.

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