Lawyers for Young Thug are attempting to exclude his lyrics from the upcoming RICO trial against his YSL collective.

The Atlanta rapper’s defense team has filed a move to exclude songs, lyrics, music videos, and social media posts from the evidence in the trial, according to court records obtained by AllHipHop on Tuesday (November 29).

A constitutional breach and abuse of discretion would result from the acceptance and use of these lyrics, poems, and works of art as evidence against [Young Thug] in his impending trial, according to the motion. It would also be unduly prejudiced and unconstitutional. Furthermore, introducing these statements as evidence against [Young Thug] is racist and discriminatory since they would sway the jury’s judgment and cause them to be predisposed.

On January 9, 2023, the trial against Thug, Gunna, and several other members of their YSL collective is scheduled to start. It might run for more than half a year. The individuals charged in the 56-count indictment have been detained since May, and Thug and Gunna have repeatedly been denied release on bond during that time.

New images of the platinum-selling musicians were made public earlier this month as they appeared by video in court for a pre-trial hearing. Both were dressed in jumpsuits and had substantially longer hair.

Judge Ural Glanville set the January trial date during the hearing after turning down the prosecution’s request to postpone things until March, according to 11Alive. According to Judge Glanville, “the main motivator that I see is that I’ve no-bonded almost all of the people in this trial, and they ought to have a right to go to trial.”

In an effort to give some of the defendants additional time to locate counsel, Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis submitted the application for a two-month postponement in October. More than a quarter of the 28 suspected YSL members listed in the indictment at the time lacked legal representation.

During the hearing earlier this month, the prosecution also disclosed their intention to summon “around 300 witnesses” in the trial.


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