A lawyer for Canadian chart-topper Tory Lanez has found a couple of cracks in his client’s case.
According to Law & Crime, attorney Jose Baez believes the use of lyrics by prosecutors to convict him of shooting Megan Thee Stallion is problematic.
He said using the lyrics, which helped to find him guilty of three felonies, including assault with a semi-automatic handgun, was a way to “racialize” the case— introducing biased against the Black man.
“I think it racializes the proceedings,” Baez said.
Adding, “Utilizing rap persona, creative expression, and rap lyrics puts the accused in a very tough position… it’s infiltrated by extreme racism and should never see the inside of a court.”
A judge used lyrics from Lanez during the trial. In one song titled “Cap,” the rapper joked he was “butchering horse feet,” a line DA Alexander Bott says was directed at Megan Thee Stallion.
The video shows him butchering a piece of meat and also in a courtroom setting.
AllHipHop.com reported in 2022 California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act into law. The legislation limits the use of rap lyrics in criminal proceedings.
If it is used, a judge must be called to “consider specified factors when balancing the probative value of that evidence against the substantial danger of undue prejudice.”
Baez is gearing up to argue this and the use of DNA in the case at an upcoming hearing next month, hoping to have the court accept his motion for a new trial.
Currently, the hearing is scheduled for May 8.