The legal team for Tory Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, is working overtime to appeal his conviction and get him a new trial.
On Monday (May 1st) they filed a supplement to their original motion but requested that it be sealed. It’s not clear why they requested it be sealed, but Wednesday (May 3) Judge David Herriford upheld their motion.
HipHollywood has obtained the original 84-page motion filed back in March.
In it they argue that certain evidence presented at trial and some statements made by witnesses on the stand were prejudicial to their client, including an Instagram post and a photo of Lanez’s gun tattoo. They also take issue with the forensic testing and claim that Lanez’s right to counsel of his choice was violated.
Shawn Holley Accused Of Bribery
Per Lanez, he initially obtained Shawn Holley as his legal counsel because he felt it was “tactically advantageous” to retain female counsel as he was “facing charges alleging violence against a woman.”
Holley stepped down mid-trial after “a meritless personal attack by the prosecution accusing her of being involved in the alleged bribery of a witness in the case.”
That witness, Kelsey Harris, was asked numerous times while on the stand, if Lanez, being aided by his defense team, had extended a bribe to her.
Per the motion, Holley discussed the issue with the prosecution, but when it persisted, George Mgdesyn and Sarkis Manukyan stepped into her role as lead counsel.
Lanez obtained new lawyers — Jose Baez and and co-counsel Matthew Barhom — who have represented Casey Anthony, Aaaron Hernandez and Harvey Weinstein, earlier this year.
He also penned a letter pleading to Los Angeles County DA George Gascon to reconsider his verdict.
Judge Decides May 8th
Lanez is expected back in court May 8th. Judge Herriford says he will consider Lanez’ motion for a new trial on that date and make a decision. If denied, he will be sentenced within 30 days.
Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta says Megan Thee Stallion could give a victim impact statement.
Lanez was convicted on Dec. 23, 2022, for shooting and injuring the hip-hop star. A jury convicted him of assault with a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm
He faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison.