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After multiple delays,  Tory Lanez’s legal team filed a motion for a new trial that was swiftly denied by a Judge who said that there was “no error, prosecutorial misconduct or newly discovered evidence” in the case.

In December, Tory Lanez was found guilty in the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion and he was immediately taken into custody.  Since then, his lawyers have pledged to fight for a new trial claiming that the use of an Instagram post and photo of the rapper’s gun tattoo as evidence was prejudicial, but on Tuesday, May 9 their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

Judge David Herriford denied Lanez’s motion for a new trial, reports ABC News and Legal Affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff who was on hand in court. Cuniff also noted that on Monday, Lanez begged the Judge “not to ruin his life.”

“I could be your son. I could be your brother,” Lanez reportedly told Herriford.

ABC News reports that Lanez’s attorneys were “disappointed” from the start of the all-day oral arguments that transpired regarding their motion, and pleaded with Judge Herriford to allow them to give an elaborate presentation complete with audio-visuals and witnesses.

The judge however shut it down, reports the publication.

“Herriford would have none of it, insisting instead on narrow legal arguments on the precise issues raised, the norm for such motions in California court.

“I feel that I would be ineffective if we proceeded,” defense attorney Jose Baez said. “Mr. Peterson has the right to due process for which he is entitled.”

When it was the prosecution’s turn, prosecutors highlighted their multiple eyewitnesses, the gun found at Lanez’s feet, and Lanez’s recorded apologies as reasons to object to his request for a new trial.

“The defendant’s brief is replete with colorful rhetoric and conclusory statements, but it lacks substance,” according to the 16-page opposition to Lanez’s motion for new trial journalist Cuniff reported. “Despite being nearly 80 pages long, the defendant has failed to cite a single instance of error in the trial court.”

“As the court is aware, the right to a fair trial is a cornerstone of our justice system. However, a motion for a new trial must be based on substantial legal grounds and supported by evidence. It is not a vehicle for a litigant to reargue their case or to make vague and unsupported allegations,” according to the filing, which is signed by Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott.

In what can only be described as a hail mary move, Lanez’s attorneys then filed a motion to disqualify Judge Herriford from the case after already presenting their case under protest. This move was done with the belief Herriford could not deny a retrial until the disqualification motion was satisfied.


Per Cuniff, Judge Herriford went on to remind the lawyers that a jury believed the prosecution “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Lanez’s sentencing is scheduled for June 13 and his lawyers can appeal his conviction and sentencing to the California Court of Appeal after his sentence is handed down.


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