Tory Lanez’s lawyers suggest that “numerous errors” were made during the Megan Thee Stallion shooting trial.
Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, was found guilty of three felonies in the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, per the Associated Press. However, one of his new attorneys thinks the case could have gone differently. Jose Baez, who is known for the high-profile Casey Anthony case and winning the former NFL player Aaron Hernandez double murder case, is looking to change the rapper’s fate.
“Looking at this case, I certainly wish I had come in sooner as opposed to later,” he told TMZ. “Unfortunately, this is the way that it is, but he’s got me now and I’m certainly willing to give him everything I have and hopefully, we’ll get the best result possible for him.”
“As you may know, Tory has never been convicted of a crime and he has never had to deal with the circumstances that he’s dealing with, so the adjustment that he’s going through is new to him. To his credit, he’s listening to his lawyers, he’s an incredibly articulate young man.”
He added: “In all of that, there are things that certainly in the trial he wished had gone the other way … He’s trying his best to adjust to everything. In light of the fact that he’s never been in this situation before, it’s really a tough process to go through.”
Baez also spoke on the “numerous errors” that have possibly been made in Lanez’s trial that he wishes to explore.
“I haven’t even made an appearance yet so I don’t think it’s proper for me to comment on the evidence, but I will say this much: there’s mistakes in trials all the time,” he said. “It’s a human system, it’s going to produce errors, regardless.”
“Now, when you have a high-profile case, there’s a lot more things to worry about. A lot more things for the judiciary to worry about, a lot more things for the defense lawyers to worry about, a lot more things for the prosecution to worry about. So all players are now playing with additional work and need to be protecting those safeguards to ensure that there’s a safe trial to begin with.”
He continued: “And I have to tell you, 9 out of 10 times, we get it wrong. So I would say that there’s probably a significant chance that there are numerous errors that are within the system and within this case that should be explored, and see if perhaps the results would have been different should it gone the other way.”
Lanez was found guilty of three counts in connection to the alleged shooting. Those counts included felony assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and possible deportation to Canada. The sentencing for his trial has been resecheduled to Feb. 28 due to his change in legal team. In addition to Baez, Lanez has also hired David Kenner and Matthew Barhoma. Kenner represented Snoop Dogg in his 1993 murder case and also represented Suge Knight. Barhoma specializes in criminal appeals.