The Smoking Gun website has published an extensive investigative piece that claims the report by L.A. Times writer Chuck Philips on the Tupac shooting at the Quad is based on forged documents. The article is pretty extensive, but it basically asserts that James Sabatino (pictured above), the mafia connected conman who was supposedly in on the ‘Pac hit, forged the FBI documents that Philips based much of his story on.
And while Sabatino claims to have been provided the FBI reports during the discovery phase of a 2002 criminal case, a federal law enforcement official involved in that successful prosecution told TSG that the probe was headed by Secret Service representatives and that the FBI had no role whatsoever in the case. The official added that, at the time, investigators "had no inkling" of Sabatino’s supposed role in the rap music world and never saw investigative reports detailing his purported involvement with hip-hop’s leading figures or its assorted bloody disputes.
If TSG’s claims are true, then of course it blows Philips entire investigation out of the water. According to TSG, they reached out to Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin who says that the paper is launching its own investigation into the documents. I emailed Philips for a response, which I will add to this post should he choose to reply. In the meantime, read the piece and draw your own conclusions.
Previously: L.A. Times Article on the Quad Shootings