Young Thug Challenges Evidence In RICO Trial

Thug claims that he is not the one speaking on a recording from a crime scene.

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It's been a wild week in the YSL RICO trial. While the focus was expected to be on Jeffery "Young Thug" Williams, Young Thug was hospitalized twice. The exact cause of Thug's hospitalization remains unknown. Before that, another defendant was severed from the YSL case after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Earlier in May, Young Thung's younger brother was re-arrested after violating the terms of his plea deal.

Finally making it to court, Young Thug sent shockwaves through the case as he and his representatives challenged some crucial evidence in the case. Prosecutors had submitted a recording from a Ring doorbell in connection with a shooting at a house in Atlanta in March 2022. According to police officers, while investigating the shooting, they communicated with someone that they claim is Young Thug. Over a dozen shell casings were recovered from the property, with ten shots reportedly hitting the house.

Young Thug Claims It's Not Him On The Recording

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However, Young Thug's lawyer Brian Steel is seeking to ban the record, according to AllHipHop. More specifically, Steel wants the recording ruled inadmissible unless the prosecution has a solid basis for positively identifying the voice as Young Thug. Georgia law is deep and complicated when it comes to the use of audio records in court. While it is generally admitted in court, there could be a valid argument for dismissing the evidence if can't be proven to be the person in question. However, there is an argument to be made for allowing the evidence to be admitted to disprove it in front of a jury. Given Young Thug's very distinct voice, that could be the way forward.

It's a wild twist in a case that keeps providing them. Jury selection has reportedly ongoing. However, the jury is yet to be seated as the pre-trial continues to unfold. Defendants continue to be severed and tried separately. What are your thoughts on the case so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.