On Wednesday (October 25), Unite The People attorneys Crystal Morgan and Michael Hayden made an appearance on The Word With Jackie Rae to discuss the Canadian rapper/singer’s 10-year sentence and how they’re helping him appeal the ruling.
“There is a lot of shroud and mystery around this,” Morgan said. “The full story didn’t come out — I think a lot of people want to hear it. If I was able to say it, I would share with the world, but ethically I cannot say it and it’s not my story to share.”
She added: “Our justice system overall has kind of moved from ‘innocent until you’re proven guilty’ to ‘guilty and you have to prove you’re innocent,’ and so I really find that like with not just Tory Lanez’s case but a lot of our cases, we’re in a uphill battle because, y’know, people’s minds are already made up.”
In September, Lanez was officially sent to prison to serve his time, marking the conclusion of the high-profile shooting case. He was sentenced to a decade behind bars by Judge David Herriford the month before, which was three less than the prosecution were seeking.
He was facing a maximum of 22 years and eight months, as well as subsequent deportation to Canada (which will still be enforced once he’s released from prison). The 31-year-old is currently waiting for a ruling on his bond pending appeal, which could take up to a year.
Earlier this month, rumors about him being let out of prison early began circulating online. Soon after the news was debunked when his father took to Instagram Live to address the false reports and convey his disappointment at the legal system.
“I just got some news from our attorneys that basically shared that apparently the news we got came from someone that they believe hacked into the second appellate court system and sent that news,” Sonstar Peterson began, “but apparently their office is still yet waiting for the answer to come down, that somebody went ahead and jumped the gun or said whatever they said, but it did not come from the appellate court.
“I just spoke to you, in fact I just spoke to the whole world to declare my joy, my thanksgiving at the news that we received, and now we’re being told that it came from an anonymous source hacking into the system —imagine that — of the second appellate court in the state of California. So we don’t know if it’s a hacker, we don’t know if it’s somebody from the inside, but somebody got on their system and told this news.”