Young Thug’s lawyer moves to free the rapper, remove the judge from the order of rejection

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – The attorney for acclaimed rapper Young Thug – who is at the center of one of the nation’s most watched criminal trials – is calling on the judge who will decide whether to deny supervision of the trial to recuse himself from making that decision and that his client to be released from custody.

In a more than 200-page motion filed late Tuesday, Brian Steel urged Judge Rachel Krause to recuse herself from ruling whether Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville should be removed from overseeing the YSL trial.

“This motion is also pending to dismiss the Honorable Judge Krause based on the fact that she sits on the Fulton County Superior Court Bench with Judge Glanville and that in April 2024 Judge Glanville contributed $2,000 to the Honorable Judge Krause’s re-election campaign.” the motion says.

Steel’s motion calls for his rap client, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, to be released from prison and “cleared of all charges based on prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.”

The rapper’s lawyer is also demanding that Adriane Love and Simone Hylton, two of the case’s top prosecutors, be disqualified from the case.


Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ office had until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to motions by defense attorneys to recall Glanville, but now has until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.

Recently, Glanville put the lawsuit on hold indefinitely until the recall decision is made. Steel filed a request for Glanville to resign.

At the center of the trial’s latest delay is a June 10, 2024, ex parte meeting held between Glanville, two Fulton County prosecutors, star prosecution witness Kenneth Copeland (aka Woody or Lil’ Woody) and his attorney, Kayla Bumpus. The legal term ex parte, translated from Latin as “outside the party”, refers to a decision made by a judge without requiring all parties to a dispute to be present.

Glanville released the timeline and transcript of the meeting, a meeting that later that day resulted in Steel being held in contempt of court.

Steel and Young Thug’s other attorney, Keith Adams, have repeatedly requested a mistrial, as have attorneys for some of the other defendants in the lawsuit. Glanville had denied all repeated motions, as well as motions by Steel and other attorneys to withdraw from the lawsuit until recently.

The trial’s jury selection lasted longer than any other in Georgia history, and the testimony itself is likely to surpass the state record. Both records were set by the Atlanta Public Schools teacher scandal and trial in 2014-15.

Prosecutors are trying to show that YSL, or Young Slime Life, is a criminal street gang responsible for many crimes. Defense lawyers say YSL is not a gang but just the name of a record label, Young Stoner Life.

Young Thug faces eight felony counts under a federal law originally passed to fight organized crime. Georgia is one of 33 states with its own RICO statute, but in the Peach State, the alleged criminal enterprises don’t have to have existed as long as the federal law.

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