Young thug’s lawyer says YSL plea deals are big deal in RICO case

Following Gunna’s release from prison after pleading guilty in the YSL RICO case earlier this week, Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel says the biggest problem in the rapper’s racketeering case was that YSL members were accepting plea deals.

On Thursday (December 15), 11Alive.com released a long video of an interview they did with Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, who is featured in their documentary series, Jeffery: Young Thug of Fame at RICO Trial. In the clip, reporter Neima Abdulahi asked Steel why Thug was being targeted in his case of alleged violation of the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The veteran attorney said he thinks the biggest issue in the RICO case was that YSL members were making plea deals incriminating Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams.

“He’s like the easy target,” Steel explained at 12:40 in the video below. “So someone gets arrested and gets in trouble and they want to negotiate. Law enforcement officers are too eager to say, ‘Well, tell us about Mr Williams. Is he involved in this? What do you know of him? “

“That’s the problem with this case,” he continued. “It comes from the word of people making deals to say, ‘Yeah, he was there or I saw him or he gave the order or I heard from someone else. He gave the order. That’s what this case is about.”

“Oh, you won’t hear any confessions from Jeffrey Williams,” he added.

Steel argues that since Young Thug is a popular celebrity in Atlanta, it’s easy for prosecutors to get others to point fingers at him for alleged crimes.

“When you target such a well-known human being, you make it so easy for the other person to say, ‘Oh, you mean I could be released from this place where I don’t want to be? All I have to do Say, do I know about Jeffrey Williams? ‘, he said, adding, ‘It’s pretty scary.

On Wednesday, December 14, Gunna’s attorney, Steve Sadow, confirmed XXL that the rapper pleaded Alford to racketeering charges. The “pushin P” artist was sentenced to five years, including one year in prison and the rest of his sentence suspended.

An Alford plea is designated for defendants who do not admit guilt of the crime, but admit that the state has enough evidence to prove their guilt. Gunna maintains that he did not turn anyone in as part of his plea deal.

Nonetheless, many people on social media are suggesting that Gunna reported Thugger so he could get out of jail. However, Sadow made it clear in a post on his Instagram page that Gunna did not speak out and his plea statement will not be used against any defendants in the YSL RICO case.

“Gunna didn’t go wild to get out of jail,” he wrote in his missive. “He hasn’t said anything and is not cooperating. His plea statement cannot be used in court against any other defendants. So please stop spreading lies!!!”

With Gunna, YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Slimelife Shawty, real name Wunnie Lee, have also entered into plea agreements.

The YSL trial is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2023. The prosecution says it has more than 300 people ready to testify against the group.

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