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Lawyer For Rapper Young Thug Jailed For Contempt


Defending someone in the court of law is a difficult job. As a lawyer, if you don’t comply with the judge’s requests, you could be held in contempt of court.

That’s what happened to the defense attorney for Young Thug, a Grammy-winning rapper also known as Jeffery Williams. Defense attorney Brian Steel represents the rapper, who is on trial for drug and gun crimes allegedly as part of a gang. Steel found out about a meeting between Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Ural Glanville, prosecutors and a prosecution witness, but refused to say how he learned of the meeting. The judge was having none of that and found the man in contempt. The lawyer has been ordered to spend the next 10 weekends in jail.

This decision may seem a bit dramatic, but it’s par for the course. The trial has been going on for more than a year now. There have been many problems, with no end in sight.

Two years ago, Young Thug and more than 20 other people were accused of conspiring to violate Georgia’s anti-racketeering law. He has also been charged with various gang crimes. Young Thug serves as CEO of his own record label, Young Stoner Life (YSL). However, prosecutors say that YSL also stands for Young Slime Life, which is allegedly an Atlanta-based violent street gang that Young Thug founded in 2012. Those involved in this case are responsible for murders, shootings, carjackings, and other violent crimes.

Steel recently addressed Judge Glanville in court, claiming that  he had been informed of a meeting in the judge’s chambers. He also made several claims regarding the substance of the communication that the court found troubling. Only the judge, a court reporter, prosecutors, a state witness, and their attorney were in the meeting. The judge was concerned about how this information was disclosed to Steel. Glanville warned Steel that if he didn’t reveal how he learned of the meeting, he would be held in contempt. Steel repeatedly refused, and at one point responded, “What I want to know is why wasn’t I there?”

Glanville found Steel to be in contempt of court. He ordered Steel to serve 20 days in the Fulton County Jail by spending the next 10 weekends there. He must report at 7 p.m. on Fridays and will be released at 7 p.m. on Sundays. The jail sentence starts June 14 and continues through August 18.

Steel asked if he could serve his days in the Cobb County Jail, which is where Young Thug is currently held. This would allow the two to work on the rapper’s defense. Judge Glanville was fine with that and would talk to the sheriff.

However, Steel filed a notice of appeal of the contempt order to the Georgia Court of Appeals. He also filed a motion asking the judge to rescind the order of contempt or to grant him bond while his appeal is pending. Steel’s motion says the information he was given about the meeting was not declared confidential by any court order.

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Should the lawyer in this case be charged with contempt? While defense attorneys have to follow the rules of the court, sometimes judges overuse their power and go a bit too far.

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