Young Thug RICO Trial: Juror Questionnaires Surface Online

Young Thug‘s long-delayed trial began its jury selection process in Atlanta last week, with potential jurors asked to answer a 250-question survey.

According to a tweet by reporter Michael Seiden, who has covered the trial for WSB-TV, close to 600 Fulton County residents have been summoned for jury duty. If elected, they will be tasked with deciding Thugger’s fate along with 13 members of his YSL crew, an acronym that alternately stands for his Young Stoner Life Records imprint and the Young Slime Life gang he’s been accused of for having helped to found.

The office of Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis alleges that YSL is affiliated with the Bloods gang and is responsible for murders, a series of armed robberies and assaults in Atlanta between January 2015 and May 2022. Young Thug and the other defendants were all arrested in an indictment in May on Racketeer Influenced and Prosecutors corrupt organizations (RICO).

As part of the selection process, potential jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire to help attorneys on both sides determine whether these Atlanta residents would be qualified to participate in the trial. Included in the survey are specific questions about YSL, including whether participants have heard of the brand or the gang, whether they have attended a YSL concert or know anyone who wears “Slime Life” clothing.

The questions include general questions about people’s opinions about physical appearance, such as “Do you have an opinion about someone who has tattoos on their head and neck?” or “Do you have an opinion about someone who has dreadlocks or tattoos?”

Elsewhere, jurors were asked if they knew of a number of rappers, e.g GunnaWHO accepted a plea in this matter and is not expected to testify at Young Thug’s trial; Rich Homie Quan, Lil Wayne and Birdmanall of whom have worked with the rapper and appearing on the prosecution’s witness list; and YFN LucciWho is believed to have been the leader of a rival gang.

The questionnaire also asked the potential jurors how much they pay attention to a song’s lyrics, e.g. Young Thug’s lawyer continues to fight to have YSL’s music excluded from the evidence presented during the trial.

“The recording and use of these texts/poetry/artwork mod [Young Thug] in his upcoming trial would be unconstitutional and an abuse of discretion, unduly prejudicial and unconstitutional,” his legal team wrote in a motion last November. “Furthermore, using these lyrics/poetry/art/speech against [Young Thug] is racist and discriminatory because the jury will be so poisoned and prejudiced by these lyrics/poetry/art/speech.”

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However, the prosecution has defended this their use of song lyrics in the courtroom as they believe that Thug’s words “preserve, protect and strengthen the company’s reputation, power and territory [YSL].”

On Wednesday (Jan. 4), potential jurors watched a three-hour video Judge Ural Glanville reads selected lyrics from ThuggerThe 2016 single “Slime Shit,” which prosecutors have sought to include as evidence, calls music released by the YSL crew “obvious acts in furtherance of the conspiracy.”

Jury selection in Young Thug’s trial is expected to last five to six weeks, while the trial itself could last up to a year.

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