Tory Lanez has reportedly made a change in legal counsel and has a pending court date on the horizon.
On Sunday (Jan. 8), Southern California-based legal reporter Meghann Cuniff, who covered the lawsuit against the state of California against Daystar Peterson (Tory Lanez), shared new information about the Canadian rapper’s legal moves since becoming found guilty of three counts of assault for the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion.
According to Cuniff, Tory Lanez has an upcoming court date of Jan. 10 and is now reportedly represented by Suge Knight’s former lawyer, David Kenner. He was previously represented by George Mgdesyan.
“Regarding Tory Lanez’s Tuesday court date, yes there is a date on the jail list,” Cuniff wrote on Twitter Jan. 8. “It’s not on Judge Herriford’s calendar and he has a lot of other things at the time. Attorney David Kenner confirmed to me last week that he is now representing Tory.”
Cuniff continued in another tweet, writing, “Kenner is a longtime criminal defense attorney whose clients include the former CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight.” She added: “Anyone with actual experience in criminal law (not all lawyers) will tell you he’s coming a little late to the case: Pre-trial would have been better.”
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In another tweet, Cuniff explained that it is not possible to determine what the January 10 court date is about due to the fact that the Los Angeles Superior Court does not make court documents available to the public.
“Penal Code 132 relates to false evidence and witness tampering. (132 is also Judge Herriford’s court division number.),” she wrote in part. “@LASuperiorCourt actively hides court documents from the public, so it’s really impossible to figure out what exactly is going on based on the court record .” She followed up with another tweet in the detailed thread, expressing her views on what may be going on, while also outlining possible legal motions that may be filed in the case in the future.
“Some clues about what’s going on: Prosecutors tried to add a bribery count to Tory’s charges at trial, which the judge rejected,” Cuniff began. “Any post-conviction motion by David Kenner regarding false evidence or testimony is very unlikely to come so quickly.”
After an eight-day trial, nearly two days of closing arguments and a day of deliberations, a grand jury found Tory Lanez, who pleaded not guilty to all counts, guilty of all three charges brought against him on December 23rd.
The three counts were battery with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm and grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.
While Tory Lanez has yet to be sentenced in his guilty verdict, his alleged new lawyer’s former client Suge Knight, sentenced to 28 years in prison in October 2018 for The death and running of Terry Carter during the filming in 2015 of Right out of Compton.