In a recent development, Tory Lanez’s legal team has made a move to disqualify Judge David Herriford ahead of the rapper’s sentencing in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting case. The lawyers, Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez, have accused the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge of showing favoritism towards the prosecution.
Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was found guilty on three felony counts in connection with the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. The charges include assault with a semi-automatic firearm, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. The incident took place during an argument at a party in the Hollywood Hills.
The legal team’s motion to disqualify Judge Herriford came after he presided over Tory’s two-week trial in December and subsequently denied the rapper’s motion for a new trial in May. The lawyers cited instances of alleged partiality during the two-day hearing, claiming that the judge directed them to present their arguments in a specific order, did not allow them to call witnesses for live testimony, and interrupted them during their arguments.
In response to these allegations, Judge Herriford provided a written order stating, “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.”
Despite the motion to disqualify, Lanez’s sentencing is still scheduled for June 13. The rapper could face a maximum potential sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison. Furthermore, as a Canadian citizen, Lanez could also face deportation.
This case has garnered significant attention, not only due to the high-profile individuals involved but also due to the serious charges and potential consequences. As the date of sentencing approaches, the music industry and fans worldwide are closely watching the developments in this case.