Young Thug was denied bond again Thursday (Aug. 18) by a federal judge in the ongoing RICO case against him.
This is the third time Young Thug has been refused bond since he and Gunna was both arrested in May and charged with conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. Since then have Punk the rapper has been hit by seven more chargesranging from possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute and possession of unidentified illegal weapons such as a machine gun and sawed-off shotgun.
Accused of gang activity in the sweeping RICO indictment, Young Thug was most recently denied bond due to fears that he would potentially intimidate witnesses in the case and be “a danger to society.” In addition to Thug and Gunna, the indictment also includes YSL employees PeeWee Roscoe, Duke, Yak Gotti and Unfoonk, Young Thug’s brother.
“I have had the opportunity to reconsider the defense’s additional submissions filed in this particular case requesting reconsideration of the bond found on behalf of Mr. Williams,” the judge said Thursday of the rapper (real name: Jefferey Lamar Williams) in a video of the hearing, which was sent to 11Live news. “I’ve considered these arguments…And I’ve considered the state’s offer, I’ve considered the defense’s arguments. At this point, however, I’m still not convinced that what you’ve argued again, and given what I’ve already have heard… I will refuse to bind.”
Controversially, the Atlanta District Attorney’s Office quoted several of them hip hop star’s own lyrics in their indictment, a tactic critics point to specifically targeting rap music and potentially violates the First Amendment.
The trial is expected to begin early next year.