November 30, 2023
Judge In Young Thug RICO Case Asks Media Not To Record Video After Learning Photos Of Jurors Appeared Online
Judge Ural Glanville "security issues" after finding out that websites had "inadvertent" recording of the jury
After it was revealed that media platforms showed images of jurors in the Young Thug RICO trial, the judge requested that the media not record the case.
According to Complex, Judge Ural Glanville made the request by stating that he had to address the court about the “security issues” after finding out that sites like the hip-hop platform No Jumper had “inadvertent” recordings of the jury, as the images started to circulate online. Judge Glanville made the request before bringing the jury back in on the third day of the trial.
He then asked if that was okay with the media that was present in court and said he would allow them to record audio.
Legal affairs journalist Meghann Cuniff, who reported exclusively from the Tory Lanez trial, sent out a post on the X platform.
This after sites like @NoJumper posted video that shows some of the jurors and wrote, “Fans on Social Media Are Already Identifying Jury Members in Young Thug’s Trial After Cameras Accidentally Revealed Their Faces.”
The 30-minute old post already has 4,300 likes. https://t.co/1wv0E4szoj
— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) November 29, 2023
The 30-year-old recording artist, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was charged with conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and has been accused of partaking in street gang activity when he was arrested in May 2022. Prosecutors then hit him with another charge of participating in street gang activity, three counts of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, and possession of a machine gun. Young Thug has been accused of heading an alleged affiliate of the Bloods street gang and being responsible for murders, armed robberies, and assaults committed between January 2015 and May 2022.
Along with 25 other alleged members of what prosecutors have labeled as a street gang, his labelmate, rapper Gunna, pleaded guilty along with seven other co-defendants to charges made against them.
The YSL label head has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
His attorney, Brian Steele, kicked off the second day of trial by telling the court that Young Thug’s name is an acronym for “Truly Humbled Under God.”