Young Thug — Potential Juror In Rapper’s RICO Case Fights For $1000 Fine Instead Of Jail Time For Filming In Court, Judge Ultimately Gives Three Days Behind Bars For ‘Brazen Violation’
Judge Ural Glanville, the court judge presiding over the Young Thug/YSL RICO case, has sentenced a potential juror to jail time for allegedly recording the jury selection process.
According to reports, Judge Glanville has ordered jail time for an individual accused of filming court proceedings in Fulton County’s RICO trial involving rapper Young Thug, 31, and more than a dozen other defendants.
Over the past few months, hundreds of potential jurors have been summoned to the Fulton County courthouse for jury selection. Many requested hardship deferrals, which the judge has approved due to the possibility of the trial taking up to a year.
Now, one of the potential candidates for the RICO trial is facing time behind bars after being found in contempt for live-streaming the jury selection process on their phone.
In a clip posted online, Judge Glanville explained to the potential juror that there were two potential punishments; a $1000 fine or 20 days in jail. However, despite the potential juror fighting for the fine to be their punishment, the judge ultimately sentenced them to 3 days in jail for contempt. The judge said,
“Madam, I think given that the amount of time and energy and effort and care we spent in making that particular pronouncement, and I even – I tell it multiple times for multiple reasons and you decide that you want to do what you wanted to do.”
While the individual tried to provide an explanation, Judge Glanville continued,
“Well, you pulled out your phone and you recorded this court’s proceedings which is a direct violation of the court’s orders so I’m going to sentence you to three days in jail.”
When the individual asked about the payment option, the judge explained the reason for his punishment and said that he didn’t want to issue a fine because of his repeated warnings during the jury selection process. He said,
“Unfortunately, I have told several people and made several iterations of this particular notice. And you video taped our proceedings. It’s a brazen violation of these particular proceedings.”
While the juror tried to explain that “so much was going on,” the judge shut her “excuse for behavior” down. The judge questioned the juror and asked,
“There’s no reason you couldn’t have taken your phone and put it in your purse when we told you to do that, right?”
The juror replied,
Judge Glanville just sentenced a potential juror in the YSL RICO case to 3 days in jail after they were caught live streaming the jury selection process on their phone.
— YSL RICO UPDATES ? (@ThuggerDaily) April 3, 2023
As we previously reported, Young Thug, fellow Atlanta rapper Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, 29, and more than 20 other associated individuals were detained back in May 2022 based on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Thug is accused of leading Young Slime Life (YSL), a violent street gang that used drugs and committed murders to make money. However, defense attorneys argue Thug is just an artist falsely accused of being a criminal. Defendants in the case claim that YSL is not a criminal entity, and not to be confused with Young Stoner Life Records, the music label Thug founded. Reportedly, the trial is expected to last 6–9 months and is still in the process of jury selection.
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