Previous concerns about Williams’ health were also raised, with his defense saying he was “languishing” in jail and deprived of sleep.
ATLANTA — Atlanta rapper Young Thug is in jail after being denied bail again on Friday.
Lawyers for the rapper, whose legal name is Jeffrey Williams, have claimed he is keeping the job, citing his recently released album. Previous concerns about Williams’ health were also raised, with his defense saying he was “languishing” in jail, deprived of sleep due to court appearances, and eating a lot of nutrient-deprived foods.
“This lifestyle caused physical harm to Mr. Williams,” his lawyer said, adding that kidney problems, combined with the prison environment, led to him gaining weight.
Whereas, prosecutors have cited cases that they believe showed evidence of Williams intimidating witnesses. And in the end, the judge decided to keep Willaims in jail.
Fighting for his freedom of trial in Fulton County Court on Friday morning, more than a year after he was first jailed in a RICO case that accuses him of leading an alleged “Young Slime Life” street gang.
This new bail motion, first filed back in April, was brought to trial in an afternoon court hearing at 9:30 am Friday. 11Alive will be streaming the afternoon court session in a video player above this story and on our YouTube channel.
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Twice in May, Young Thug ended up in the hospital and missed days in court due to ill health. Last month he released his new album BUSINESS IS BUSINESS from prison.
The bail motion alleges that Young Thug has “previously presented compelling evidence without a doubt” that he can establish and maintain reasonable bail conditions, and that his motions were denied based on prosecutors’ arguments “basically reiterating the allegations contained in the indictment.”
“Mr. Williams has not seen sunlight since May 9, 2022, and the only fresh air he gets is when the doors to and from the courthouse are open,” the document says. “Besides, physical exercise is limited in the small prison cell.”
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Young Thug continues to remain in jail awaiting trial on YSL RICO charges. Jury selection began in January and has been a tortuous, time-consuming process in which no juror has yet been assigned, and many potential jurors have reported difficulty avoiding the time investment in what is expected to take months. trial.
See the full bail petition lawsuit: