The decide overseeing the racketeering and gang case in opposition to Atlanta rapper Younger Thug and others has ordered an investigation into the leak of a video that reveals a state’s witness providing data in change for leniency.
Jury choice within the high-profile trial started practically two months in the past and is more likely to proceed for a number of extra months, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. Fulton County Superior Courtroom Chief Choose Ural Glanville, on Wednesday reminded prosecutors and protection attorneys that sure proof have to be saved secret till the trial, the newspaper reported.
“It impacts everybody’s proper to a good trial,” the decide informed attorneys. “I don’t know who did this but when this pertains to you, please amend your methods. You’re taking part in a really harmful sport together with your six-digit bar quantity.”
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The trial for Young Thug and 13 others is anticipated to final six to 9 months. Prosecutors have stated the rapper is a founding father of a felony road gang known as Younger Slime Life, or YSL, and that he and others have dedicated quite a few crimes to additional the gang’s pursuits. Protection attorneys have stated YSL is just a report label, Younger Stoner Life, and that their shoppers did no unsuitable.
The video of a 2021 interview that was posted on-line about two weeks in the past reveals a witness providing to supply data within the investigation into Younger Thug in change for leniency, the newspaper reported.
Gina Bernard, an lawyer representing defendant Jayden Myrick, filed a movement looking for a mistrial. She wrote that this, together with publicity and different “courtroom incidents” because the begin of the trial “make it unimaginable” for her shopper to obtain a good trial.
In response, prosecutors alleged that the protection leaked the video, noting that it appeared on-line lower than a month after it was given to protection attorneys.
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“The state has completely little interest in leaking this video to members of the general public, as its dissemination serves solely to intimidate and harass witnesses known as upon by the state to testify in a really critical and high-profile case,” prosecutors wrote. They stated the leak has put their witness in peril, citing social media posts labeling him as a “rat” and a “snitch.”
One other protection lawyer stated anybody may have gotten the video as a result of prosecutors shared it utilizing an unsecured hyperlink.
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The decide denied the movement for a mistrial however informed either side to be extra cautious about sharing proof. He warned that if extra proof turns into public, he’ll solely permit discovery proof to be seen in his chambers.
“For me to must take care of this at this level within the trial is simply unacceptable,” he stated.