Tory Lanez’s Attorney Responds to Allegations of Neglecting Rapper’s Appeal During Vacation

Tory Lanez
Tory Lanez
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Tory Lanez‘s attorney has responded to court reporter Meghan Cuniff, who raised concerns about his dedication to the rapper’s appeal process due to his vacationing in Italy.

Earlier this month, the Canadian rapper was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the July 2020 shooting involving Megan Thee Stallion. He is currently confined in Los Angeles County Jail with few privileges.

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While Lanez’s legal team have expressed their intention to appeal the sentence, Meghann Cuniff, who has been closely following the case, mentioned on her Twitter/X that Jose Baez was sharing Instagram stories from Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy located near Milan.

“2+ weeks since Tory Lanez’s lawyer Jose Baez said he’d file a motion to bail Lanez out of jail as he appeals his convictions and 10-year prison sentence,” she wrote on Friday (August 25). “No motion has been filed, and I’m not sure how much of a priority it is for Baez: He’s posting Instagram stories from Italy.”

Jose Baez
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Baez became aware of Cuniff’s post and addressed it via his Instagram Stories on Sunday (August 27). In his response, he referred her as a “blogger” and alleged that she has shown “bias” against Tory Lanez throughout her reporting of the trial.

The defense attorney also provided an update on Tory’s appeal, mentioning they can’t file the appeal motion until certain legal requirements are met. Despite this, they are making good progress in the fight for Tory’s freedom. He further mentioned that Lanez is currently “evaluating ALL of his options.”

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“It has been brought to my attention that a blogger has claimed that Tory Lanez is not a priority because I’m allegedly in Italy,” Baez began. “For the record, I travel to Italy 2 to 4 times a year. I have both business interests as well as clients who have business in Italy. It is a beautiful country and a privilege to visit.

“This blogger has had a clear bias against Tory and has attacked everyone associated with him as well as made numerous inaccurate assumptions. In fairness to her, she has no legal training and has never worked in the court system, so her opinions have little to no merit whatsoever.

He continued: “Finally to all of Tory’s fans. I can report that because of his motion for a new trial covered many of the issues that will be appealed. We are way ahead of schedule. The court reporter has not completed all of the transcripts and until that happens he must wait to file the appeal.

“As for other motions Tory is evaluating ALL of his options. Thank you all, he appreciates your support.”

Cuniff responded to Baez, writing on X: “Ignoring the unprofessional comments, the takeaway from Jose Baez’s Instagram stories today is he’s no longer sure if he’ll file a motion for bail pending Lanez’s appeal: ‘As for other motions, Tory is evaluating ALL of his options.’”

She also uploaded a screenshot on Instagram showing an email conversation with Baez, in which he praised Cuniff and assured her that he would “always be respectful towards” her.

Tory Lanez is currently being held apart from the regular inmates in an ‘administrative segregation unit,’ designed for individuals who can’t be safely housed with others. He’s allowed only two hours out of his cell each day.

In addition, the 31-year-old Tory Lanez is allowed only three hours of outdoor time each week for his mandated recreation period. Jail staff also check on him every 30 minutes, following the usual procedure in the administrative segregation unit.

As a small comfort, Lanez is “able to load up on goodies at the commissary.”

Tory Lanez in prison
Tory Lanez in prison

Tory Lanez is likely to experience this highly restricted routine for a few more weeks until he’s moved to an intake center. At that stage, he’ll find out which California prison he’ll be staying in for the duration of his sentence.

Although he was originally sentenced to ten years in prison, Meghann Cuniff revealed that Tory Lanez will have about a year deducted because of time he has already spent behind bars.

“Lanez will be credited for 231 days he’s already spent in jail, and he gets 15% credit of 34 days,” Cuniff tweeted last week. “[Judge] Herriford also is crediting his 40 days of house arrest, for a total of 305 days.”