Tory Lanez’s defense team has filed to have Judge Herriford disqualified from their case. They allege that the judge has used “favoritism” towards the prosecution. According to law reporter Meghann Cuniff, Lanez’s lawyers, Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez, they haven’t been treated fairly. They stated in their appellate petition that Herriford did not allow them to call live witnesses. They also claim that Herriford continuously interrupted them while in argument. The petition was filed shortly after the hearing, where Lanez was denied a new trial.
“Conversely, the Judge gave the People a full and fair opportunity to present argument uninterrupted, even when the case cited by the People did not stand for the proposition that they advanced,” Lanez’s legal team said. “Together, these facts reveal such a high degree of favoritism or antagonism as to make fair judgment impossible. Given these facts, a reasonable person would fairly entertain doubts concerning the Judge’s impartiality. As a result, disqualification is required.”
Herriford responded in a statement rebuking the lawyers’ claims. “I am not prejudiced or biased against or in favor of any party to this proceeding or their counsel,” he wrote. “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. All statements made by me and all actions taken by me in this proceeding have been done in furtherance of what I believe were my judicial duties.”
Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, was found guilty by a Los Angeles jury in December for the Megan Thee Stallion 2020 shooting case. He was convicted of three felony charges. Those included assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm, and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. Lanez faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and deportation to his native Canada.