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Tory Lanez Makes Desperate Plea To Judge: Please Don’t Ruin My Life



Tory Lanez, appeared in court Monday (May 8th) for a hearing regarding his request for a new trial.

As previously reported, his new legal team has been working overtime to get him a new trial after he was found guilty of three felony counts in December for shooting Megan Thee Stallion.

Lanez’s attorneys, Jose Baez and Matthew Barhoma, filed a motion for a new trial in March, arguing that certain evidence presented at trial and some statements made by witnesses on the stand were prejudicial to their client, including an Instagram post where Lanez’s verified account commented on the case and a photo of Lanez’s gun tattoo. The motion, which was obtained by HipHollywood, also takes issue with the forensic testing and claims that Lanez’s right to counsel of his choice was violated.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge David Herriford agreed to hear the arguments outlined in the motion, as well as the prosecutions response before making his decision.

Lanez appeared in court shackled, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, white sneakers and black knit cap.

His attorneys seemed eager to present their case for a new trial but were met with opposition early on by Judge Herriford who denied their request to present their motion arguments out of order.

Lanez’ team eventually argued the motion points (1-7) while insisting that Tory’s former counsel, George Mgdesyan, was not prepared after being brought on two weeks before the trial started. They also made allegations about his first lawyer, Shawn Holley, accusing her of ineffective representation of counsel and making false representations to the judge.

Judge Herriford also denied their request to bring in a DNA expert and music expert. Baez went on record stating he felt they were not allowed to fully layout their arguments. They also told the judge they were considering having him disqualified from the case.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, has been in custody in L.A. County jail since his guilty verdict was handed down.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting this case, filed a motion on April 6 asking the judge to deny the defense’s request for a new trial, but that was denied.

The judge indicated during an April 17 hearing that if the motion for a new trial is denied, the rapper will be sentenced within 30 days of Monday’s hearing.

Lanez made a desperate plea to Judge Herriford as he was escorted out of the courthouse. “Please brother don’t ruin my life, I could be your son, I could be your brother, please don’t ruin my life,” he said.

Herriford did not react to Lanez’s plea. He did say that he would be making a ruling on the re-trial motion on Tuesday.

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