Young Thug’s Argument For Bond Has Been Delayed As Prosecutors Attempt To Get His Lawyer Removed From Case + Music Executive Kevin Liles Testifies He’s Willing To Help Cover Expenses To Ensure Rapper Won’t Flee If He’s Released On Bond
Young Thug’s legal issues are still ongoing, with the rapper’s bond hearing taking place today in a Fulton County courtroom.
In May, a judge delayed the decision on whether Young Thug (born Jeffery Lamar William) would receive bond until today (June 2), and now Young Thug’s legal team is fighting hard to ensure the 30-year-old rapper is granted bond. However, prosecutors are alleging that Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steele has a conflict of interest because he represents other co-conspirators connected to the indictment.
Despite saying he had great “concerns about a potential conflict” over the representation, the judge eventually agreed that attorney Steele can continue to represent Young Thug at this time.
According to journalist Joe Coscarelli–who was present in the courtroom–Young Thug’s lawyer gave an “emotional” statement about his potential removal from the case. Brian Steel said,
“I have been with Mr. Williams countless days, weeks, months and hours. I know his entire life. You want to talk about representation of a client? That is the bond of an attorney-client relationship.”
Although the judge allowed Brian Steel to remain on the case, he reportedly said that there would be a “strong possibility” in the future that they would have to reevaluate whether Steele could represent Young Thug in court.
Once given the approval from the judge to continue representing the “Hot” rapper, Steel began to argue for Young Thug’s bond plea. According to sources, attorney Steel is now arguing for,
“Thug’s bond/home confinement at one of four homes, promising: 24hr law enforcement presence, police dog searches, full video surveillance, all visitors patted down/wanded (incl women by a female officer), drug-testing etc.”
As previously reported, Young Thug was arrested on May 9 on gang-related charges in Georgia. He is being accused of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) (an alleged offense committed in January 2018).
Young Thug was also hit with additional charges after Atlanta police raided his home in Buckhead, Georgia. The additional charges include; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer, and other counts of gang related charges.
Music executive Kevin Liles appeared in court to testify on Young Thug’s behalf. Liles says they have the money needed to pay for police security to ensure the rapper will not flee the country if released on bond. Kevin Liles also stated that he’s,
“willing to back him personally and professionally”
Kevin Liles testifies on Young Thug’s behalf in court for his bail hearing pic.twitter.com/ow6Ikuuiso
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Nonprofit organizer Jamil Mitchell also spoke on behalf of Young Thug and his positive involvement in the community. Reportedly, Mitchell is an organizer for the Cleveland Avenue 49ers Youth Development Organization and has known Young Thug since he was 13. The rapper’s legal team hopes these various testimonies will help grant the “Ski” rapper bail.
According to sources, Young Thug was present for today’s hearing remotely from Cobb County jail.
While the rappers bond hearing is still occurring, a decision should be made later today. We will keep you updated as the story is still developing!
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