Young Thug and members of YSL face many charges including R.I.C.O. charges.
Young Thug, an Atlanta rapper, will appear in court again on Monday to face R.I.C.O charges in Georgia. Young Thug will appear in court for an arraignment session, at which he will enter a not guilty or guilty plea. The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, is accused of breaking the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and gang membership.
Thug and Sergio Kitchens, alias Gunna, were arrested earlier this month at a residence in Buckhead on a massive gang indictment that listed 27 other people.
According to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the defendants identified in the indictment are members of the YSL gang, which has been involved in criminal activity in the city since 2012.
The 88-page indictment gives a detailed account of various crimes the alleged members of YSL are accused of, and documents social media posts and rap lyrics that reference YSL.
“They’re responsible for 75 percent to 80 percent of all violent crime in our town,” Willis added. “If you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and commit crimes, you will be a target and a focus of this District Attorney’s office, regardless of your reputation or fame.”
Young Thug was simply exercising his right to freedom of speech and doing his job, according to lawyers, but “the state wants to impute criminal behavior from quotations from song lyrics and social media posts.”
They argue that Williams’ incarceration breached his first and fourteenth amendment rights to free speech and expression.