The judge in the RICO case (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) for Young Thug and Gunna has confirmed their trial will begin on January 9th, 2023.
The two high-profile rappers are part of those in a huge Atlanta gang indictment earlier this year. Lead prosecutor Adriane Love has confirmed it will be going ahead and has established a list of 300 witnesses to bolster the case.
Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville previously denied the request in October to delay the trial to March of next year because eight defendants still lacked lawyers. Young Thug was against the request and said it was “unjust” he “rots in the county jail” while waiting “on the appointment of counsel for co-indictees”.
“It has been too long to leave a human being in custody without trial, without discovery, without the statutory right to a speedy trial and without bond,” Thug’s lawyer previously wrote
Glanville agreed with his lawyer and said the defendants “deserve to have a right to go to trial.” The majority of defendants have not been granted bond since their arrest in May, and the trial is expected to last up to nine months.
The pair have been in jail since he was arrested on May 9th as two of the28 people allegedly involved in a 56-count Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment. Thug’s home was later searched, resulting in seven additional felony charges relating to weapons and illegal substances.
The prosecution has partially relied on revealing lyrics in the rappers’ material as evidence in the trial. This has sparked controversy, with some fellow artists and legal experts calling such evidence into question.