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Prosecution Requests No Livestreaming or Cameras in YSL RICO Case



The YSL RICO case takes a new turn as the prosecution files a motion seeking a ban on livestreaming and cameras in the courtroom. Citing Georgia Rule 22, which outlines strict media guidelines during court proceedings, the prosecution aims to “preserve the integrity of the proceedings,” according to court documents obtained by HipHopDX.

The motion, filed on Friday (January 19), clarifies that the state is not seeking an outright denial of recording but rather requesting a “least restrictive possible limitation” on recording, as specified in Rule 22(G)(2). Judge Ural Glanville has not yet ruled on the motion.

Earlier this month, a disruption during the YSL RICO trial occurred when someone on Zoom interrupted with shouts of “Free Thug! Mistrial!” However, legal journalist Meghann Cuniff highlighted that the interruption alone does not warrant a mistrial.

Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, who accepted a plea deal, sent a supportive message to Thug during the trial, asserting his understanding of the situation. Unfoonk has faced accusations of being a “snitch,” which he has denied.

YSL co-founder Trontavius Stevens recently testified, providing information about gang signs and other details related to the alleged gang he co-founded. Stevens, bound by a plea deal requiring truthful testimony, identified Young Thug and “other members of the YSL, Young Slime Life, gang” at the prosecutor’s request.

The trial faced a delay in December due to a stabbing incident involving one of Young Thug’s co-defendants, Shannon Stillwell. Facing eight charges, including conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Thug could potentially be sentenced to up to 120 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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