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The hotly-anticipated trial of the rapper Young Thug is underway in a courtroom in Atlanta, Georgia, following nearly a yr of delays.

In May 2022, Young Thug, actual title Jeffery Williams, was arrested and charged in a sprawling RICO indictment together with 27 different defendants.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – who’s utilizing the identical regulation to prosecute Donald Trump in his Georgia election interference case – accused the suspects of being a part of a felony avenue gang named YSL or “Young Slime Life.”

According to prosecutors, the gang is answerable for a number of violent crimes, together with murders, shootings, carjackings and racketeering.

Young Thug denies the accusations and insists YSL is solely his file label – Young Stoner Life.

The trial has been undoubtedly rocky. The begin of the trial’s third week gave no reprieve; the courtroom was instantly requested to recess on account of an undisclosed “medical issue” of “one of the participants,” the decide stated.

Last week, drama erupted within the courtroom when a juror knowledgeable the decide that she noticed herself on a livestream. Judge Glanville then prompt the jurors keep off of social media all through the trial.

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There was a medical challenge “with one of the participants,” the decide stated, so he known as for a recess for the day. The attorneys had convened with the decide earlier than the jury was known as in.

Judge Glanville stated he suspects a 9am begin time tomorrow.

Kelly Rissman11 December 2023 15:10

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A video on social media is circulating that seems to indicate Ye, previously often known as Kanye West, at Art Basel in Miami enjoying a track by him and Ty Dolla $ign — that options Young Thug, in accordance with HipHopDx.

Kelly Rissman11 December 2023 14:45

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YSL is Young Thug’s personal file label – Young Slime Life. Artists on his file label are thought-about a part of the “Slime Family,” and a compilation album, “Slime Language 2,” rose to primary on the US charts in April 2021.

Its artists embrace Gunna and Lil Keed, although a number of modern artists, together with Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, and Travis Scott have additionally expressed allegiance to YSL with out being contractually signed.

However, in accordance with prosecutors, YSL is definitely a “criminal street gang”, which began out within the Cleveland Avenue space of Atlanta and claims affiliation to the nationwide Bloods gang.

According to a sprawling 88-page indictment, the members of YSL use “a variety of identifiers including colours, clothing, tattoos, and hand signs” to indicate their allegiance to the group.

The most predominant colors utilized by members of YSL are pink for Bloods and inexperienced for Slime.

Defence attorneys in the meantime insist that YSL is only a music label.

Kelly Rissman11 December 2023 14:15

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Revisiting the ‘terroristic threats’ allegation

In July 2015, Rapper Young Thug was arrested by the US Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on an excellent warrant for “terroristic threats.”

The 22-year-old — whose authorities title is Jeffery Lamar Williams — was arrested in Sandy Springs, Georgia with out incident, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Williams allegedly threatened to shoot a mall safety guard within the face after he was requested to depart the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Georgia on 7 July.

A witness, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, informed Complex that “Thugga” and his entourage have been driving across the procuring heart on two-wheel Hovertrax. When the crew tried to depart, a safety guard allegedly informed them to not return with the Hovertrax. (The rapper beforehand confirmed off the segways on his Instagram account.)

The witness stated that the rapper grew to become defensive and threatened to sue the safety guard.

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 23:00

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When Mr May, a safety officer, was testifying about what Mr Williams allegedly stated to him on 7 July, 2015 — that the rapper would “shoot [May] in the face” — Mr Williams grabbed his plastic water bottle stuffed with a dark-coloured liquid and sipped it.

At the identical time, his legal professional, Mr Steel, appeared to set free a deep breath.

Mr Williams is accused of committing “terroristic threats” on the Perimeter Mall in July 2015, in accordance with the indictment.

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 22:00

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“Terroristic threats”

Christopher May is on the stand, describing an occasion that led prosecutors to accuse Mr Williams of “terroristic threats.”

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 21:36

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Prosecution is breezing via witnesses

  • Former APD officer Christopher Collins testified about an arrest after he discovered a gun, oxycodone and marijuana.
  • Mary Katherine Karpf testified in regards to the oxycodone tablets discovered; she works for the GBI on the state crime lab.
  • Douglas Evans, who’s a forensic examiner, additionally testified.

The courtroom will take a 15-minute recess earlier than the following witness known as.

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 20:06

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Christopher Collins takes the stand

Mr Collins is a former APD officer. He testified about an incident going down in July 2015.

Trontavious Stephens’ eyes have been “glossed over, super red,” suggesting “impairment,” the officer testified. Mr Stephens “smashed a digital scale,” performing pissed off, Mr Collins added.

He stated the automotive through which Mr Stephens and two others have been driving contained marijuana and 4 tablets of oxycodone. He additionally discovered a 9mm Taurus gun.

He then arrested Mr Stephens and one other individual in his automotive.

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 19:10

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WATCH: YSL RICO Trial Day 8 recap

Young Thug, YSL RICO Trial Day 8 recap

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 17:48

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The Young Thug trial is anticipated to renew at 1pm right this moment after taking a half day yesterday on account of unrelated courtroom enterprise, the decide stated.

The prosecution has known as up a collection of witnesses over this week and final, lots of whom have been regulation enforcement officers whereas others have been victims of crimes that defendants have been accused of committing.

Prosecutors are anticipated to name up 5 extra witnesses right this moment, time permitting.

According to 11 Alive, the prosecution has 737 folks listed on their witness record; the outlet famous that not each witness is assured to in the end testify.

Kelly Rissman8 December 2023 17:00

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/young-thug-trial-ysl-rico-case-latest-b2461923.html