On Friday (Could 13), a lawyer for Young Thug filed an emergency movement with the Georgia Superior Courtroom alleging that the rapper has been jailed in “inhumane” circumstances and requesting he be granted an “expeditious” bond listening to or be positioned in a “non-torturous” atmosphere whereas behind bars.
“Particularly, the State of Georgia, by and thru its public officers, has detained Mr. Williams in dungeon-like circumstances,” wrote legal professional Brian Metal within the submitting (Younger Thug’s actual title is Jeffrey Williams). These circumstances are mentioned to encompass “solitary confinement/whole isolation”; a “windowless cement compartment with solely a mattress and a rest room and an overhead gentle which stays on 24 hours per day, stopping any sleep, relaxation or meditation”; “no entry to any sort of media,” together with TV or web; and no alternatives to “train, bathe or have human contact” except for his attorneys.
All through the submitting, Metal reasserts Younger Thug’s innocence and slams prosecutors for quoting music lyrics to assist the allegations in opposition to the rapper, which have been included in a sprawling 88-page indictment filed in opposition to Younger Thug and 27 others, together with fellow rapper Gunna, on Monday (Could 9). “To weaponize these phrases by charging overt acts to assist a supposed conspiracy is unconscionable and unconstitutional pursuant” to the U.S. Structure in addition to the Georgia state structure, Metal writes. On Thursday (Could 12), legal professionals for Gunna additionally criticized the use of song lyrics to again up fees in opposition to the rapper, warning it may result in prison fees in opposition to “any artist with a music referencing violence,” as others have previously argued.
Within the indictment, Younger Thug is alleged to be one in all three founders of the Younger Slime Life, “a prison road gang that began in late 2012” in Atlanta. Expenses embody “Preserving, defending and enhancing the popularity, energy and territory of the enterprise by acts of racketeering exercise together with homicide, assault and threats of violence.” He was subsequently charged with seven more felonies on Wednesday (Could 11), together with possession of medication and unlawful firearms, primarily based on gadgets discovered at his house throughout his arrest earlier within the week. On Thursday (Could 12), a Fulton County choose denied the rapper bond primarily based on that second spherical of fees introduced after the indictment.
In Friday’s submitting, Metal claims that beneath Georgia state regulation, the allegations made in opposition to Younger Thug within the Could 9 indictment “don’t represent any proof of guilt” however somewhat include “nothing greater than the inadmissible, non-probative rumour statements of the prosecutor bringing the costs.” Metal doesn’t point out the next fees filed in opposition to the rapper on Wednesday, that are technically separate from these listed within the indictment.
One of many allegations listed within the indictment is that Younger Thug rented a automotive that was later utilized in a 2015 drive-by taking pictures that killed 26-year-old Donovan Thomas and wounded two others. However within the new submitting, Metal writes that there “is not any allegation by the Grand Jury that Mr. Williams had information of this crime, had information that this rented car could be utilized in any supposed crime or that Mr. Williams was a celebration to this supposed crime.”
Consequently, Metal continues, Younger Thug “is entitled to bond as a matter of regulation” given that he’s not a convicted felon, a flight threat, a hazard to the group, a threat to commit a felony whereas out on bond or a threat to hinder justice by influencing witnesses or bribing jurors. Within the submitting Metal cites the case of Ayala vs. State, which discovered that defendants assembly these standards needs to be eligible for pretrial bond within the state of Georgia, as precedent.
Metal provides that even if a movement for bond was filed on Tuesday (Could 10) on Younger Thug’s behalf, the court docket has not but scheduled a date for the listening to. “This incarceration of an harmless man is unconscionable and can’t proceed,” he concludes.