Young Thug & Gunna’s YSL RICO Trial Date Confirmed

Young Thug and Gunna’s RICO attempt officially begins on January 9, 2023 and may last more than half a year.

The Atlanta rappers who were arrested on vandalism charges in May, as part of a 56-count indictment against their Young Slime Life (YSL) collective, appeared in court via video for a court hearing in Fulton County, Georgia on Thursday, November 17th.

Thug and Gunna were both seen wearing jumpsuits and sporting noticeably longer hair from the prison where they have been incarcerated for the past six months.

During the hearing, Judge Ural Glanville set the trial date for January after rejecting the prosecution’s case motion to adjourn the case until Marchtrans 11 alive. “The biggest drive I see is that I have not bound most of the people in this trial and they deserve to have the right to go to trial,” the judge said.

In October, Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis filed a 10-page decision asking for a two-month delay in the trial to allow a number of the defendants to find legal representation. At the time, more than a quarter of the 28 alleged YSL members named in the indictment were without a lawyer.

“A continuance to the last week of March would protect the speedy trials of those who have asserted those rights, while ensuring that the eight additional defendants have properly prepared appointed counsel,” Willis argued in his since-denied motion.

Prosecutors also revealed at Thursday’s hearing that they plan to call “about 300 witnesses” in the trial, which could last three and a half months. However, Judge Glanville believes it will take “closer to six to nine months,” according to the report Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter George Chidi.

So far, witnesses have been a focal point in the case. In August, Willis revealed that a document containing the identity of a YSL employee cooperating with authorities was somehow leaked. She claimed so Threats have since been made against the witness and their family members.

Concerns about intimidation of witnesses have also been mentioned in repeated rejections of Young Thug and Gunna’s respective bond requests.

Young Thug’s lawyers, meanwhile, made several requests during Thursday’s hearing, including to have the rapper’s charges thrown out due to “prosecutorial misconduct.”

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His legal team argued that Fulton County prosecutors used a false subpoena to collect information about Thug from the Hertz car rental company. The YSL rapper allegedly leased a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan that was used in the January 2015 murder of Donovan “Peanut” Thomas Jr. in Atlanta.

Thug’s attorneys also filed motions suppress some types of evidence collected in the case from his phone and in previous court cases, which they claimed were “hoaxes”. Judge Glanville postponed the motion to suppress evidence until the transcript of the earlier hearing involving a former judge can be reviewed.

In addition, another request was made for Young Thug’s bond, with his lawyers claiming that he has been “languishing in the County Jail since the date of his arrest.” Like Gunna, Thug has been in the past denied binding three times.

Young Thug, who is facing multiple charges as the alleged ringleader of a “criminal street gang” behind a series of violent crimes in the Atlanta area, is due back in court on December 15.

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