Young Thug's Lawyer Wants To Dismiss Other Jail Calls From YSL RICO Case

Thug's attorney Brian Steel stated that calls made by anyone other than the rapper himself are just hearsay.

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Young Thug Jail Calls YSL RICO

While Young Thug (real name Jeffery Williams) and YSL's RICO case is in full swing, his legal defense team is trying to set the record straight on it. Moreover, Thug's attorney Brian Steel filed various motions to change the implications, proceedings, and parameters of the trial. Most recently, according to court documents obtained by HIpHopDX, he made moves on Wednesday (July 5) to try to "exclude any and all recorded jail calls made by anyone other than Mr. Williams [as evidence in trial] as said jail calls are hearsay and/or violate the Confrontation Clause." Furthermore, his adamancy on the matter suggests that these calls from others could unjustly incriminate the Atlanta trap pioneer or unfairly paint him in a negative light unrelated to his accused crimes.

Another example of Steel's motions are his recent one to block another detective's testimony. Apparently, the attorney found out that the law enforcement official would falsely state that Young Thug cooperated with officials regarding a homicide. Steel labeled the witness as "not accurate," saying his narrative "places Mr. Williams’ character at issue and is irrelevant to the trial of the above referenced case." In defense of his right to a fair trial, he also wants all 911 calls made by Thugger in relation to this murder blocked from being used as evidence.

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Regardless, there are other initiatives by Young Thug's defense that might be harder to follow through on. For example, Steel wants certain RICO charges in the case dismissed. "In order to satisfy the crime of RICO conspiracy, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that at least one (1) overt act was committed in furtherance of the conspiracy within the Statute of Limitations,” the motion reads. “To satisfy the Statute of Limitations, the overt act must have occurred within five (5) years of the filing of the Bill of Indictment with the Clerk of Court." To elaborate, apparently some of the charges relate to incidents that occurred over five years before the massive indictment."

Still, this move would only dismiss about 61 acts out of 192, so there's still plenty the court accused him of. As such, many wonder whether this will even cause the big shift the defense and YSL probably hopes for in the case. Given that this is a tangled web, we'll be sure to keep you posted on whatever comes next. With that in mind, stick around on HNHH for more news on Young Thug and the YSL RICO case.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.