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Judge Rules for Shakur’s Estate

July 7, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The estate of rapper Tupac Shakur doesn’t have to pay $16.6 million to a woman who was shot and paralyzed at a concert, a judge has ruled.

In a ruling made public Monday, Superior Court Judge Arnold Gold said Shakur’s estate doesn’t have to pay Jacquelyn R. McNealey because lawyers for the estate were not allowed to present a defense.

McNealey was shot in the back and left a paraplegic during a Shakur show at PJ’s Private Disco in Pine Bluff, Ark., in 1993. An Arkansas Circuit Court judge ordered the estate to pay her last November. She also sued in Los Angeles Superior Court.

``It was a real attempt to ambush the estate,″ said attorney Donald David, who represents the rapper’s estate.

McNealey’s lawyer in California, Harold Decote, did not return a phone message left after business hours Monday.

Gold noted that Shakur was never served with the original lawsuit and the court administrator named to represent Shakur’s estate after the Arkansas court found Shakur in default ``did absolutely nothing″ to defend the estate.

Shakur was shot to death in Las Vegas in September 1996.

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