Tony Yayo Says Lawyer Messed Up Max B’s Trial Chances

By Allen Starbury  |  06/16/2009

Tony YayoIf you haven't read or heard by now, rapper Max B was found guilty in a 2006 murder case and hit with manslaughter among eight other charges. He's facing a life sentence when he is sentenced in late July.

The rapper has a lot of friends in the industry. One is G-Unit's Tony Yayo who is really disappointed in the outcome of Max's trial. Speaking with MTV last week, Yayo expressed his view on the situation, saying that he felt his chances weren't good even before his trial started.

The G-Unit rapper blamed his friend's downfall on his lawyer Gerald M. Saluti, who he said ruined things by sitting in with Max B for a video blog and subsequent Internet interviews.

"It's an unfortunate thing that happened to Max B," Yayo told MTV. "He just had a kid. I f*** with Max. I f*** with French [Montana]. I think he had bad representation with his lawyer. What lawyer do you know that's gonna do a blog with you? That's when I think everything got messed up. That blog f***ed it up.

"You know I'm always in trouble. When I have a case, I don't do no press, nothing. If you don't got a lawyer there telling you, 'Shut the f*** up,' you're f***ed up. The lawyer was wack. Your lawyer wants to sit there and do a blog with you? [Max's] lawyer may not have been the one to handle a homicide."

Saluti responded to Yayo's criticism, explaining that any action he takes is done for a reason -- and that's to support Max B.

"My first comment is, who the hell is Tony Yayo and what law school did he go to?" Saluti responded. "Everything I do, I do for a reason. And where were all these people in support of Max -- like Tony Yayo and all these other people that have something to say -- when he was out there by himself facing all of these charges? Nowhere to be seen. Now everyone has an opinion about it. Everyone wants to help Max. I saw people were bustin' my chops about blogging while we were waiting for a verdict in this case ... on my Twitter. Do people actually think I touch my own Twitter and it's not my assistant? You think I have time to Twitter?

"People are so ready to kick a guy when he's down. Not that I'm saying Max and I are down, because we damn sure aren't done fighting this," he continued.

His sentencing is July 31. However, Saluti previously stated that they plan to file an appeal against the verdict.

Stay tuned for updates.