Tory Lanez‘s legal team makes one final push to keep the rapper out of jail.
Lanez’s attorneys, Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez, filed a request to disqualify Judge David Herriford, alleging the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge of favoring the prosecution, according to Law & Crime writer Meghann Cuniff.
Tory’s two-week trial in December, which resulted in his conviction on three felony counts related to the killing of Megan Thee Stallion in 2020, was presided over by Herriford.
In May, Herriford also denied the rapper’s request for a new trial. Barhoma and Baez cited three instances of Herriford’s “partiality” during the two-day hearing last month in their appellate petition, which was submitted soon after their fresh trial motion was denied.
They asserted that the judge denied them the right to summon witnesses for live testimony, ordered them to deliver their points in the order he preferred rather than the order they preferred, and frequently interrupted and cut off their arguments.
I am not prejudiced or biased against or in favor of any party to this proceeding or their counsel. All rulings made by me in this action have been based upon facts and arguments officially presented to me and upon my understanding of the law. … All statements made by me and all actions taken by me in this proceeding have been done in furtherance of what I believe were my judicial duties.
Why do you feel like this last attempt by Tory Lanez’s legal team will fail again?