These Are the Eight Charges Young Thug Faces as Jury Selection Begins for His YSL Case

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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On Wednesday morning, jury selection for the trial of rapper Young Thug on gang-related charges began in an Atlanta courtroom.

The trial of rapper Young Thug is almost underway. On Wednesday (January 4), prosecutors and defense attorneys in Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court began narrowing the jury pool in the trial on gang-related charges against Thug and alleged street enterprise YSL. While jury selection is expected to take up to five to six weeks, the process will determine 12 jurors and their alternates. Per Fox 5, Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville estimates that the trial could last six to nine months.

Thug, legal name Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested on May 9, 2022. He was initially charged with conspiring to violate the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act on one count each, along with participating in criminal street activity. The Punk artist was later charged with an additional count of participating in street gang activity, three counts of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession of a machine gun. The Grammy Award-winning rapper has pleaded not guilty to all eight counts.

The high-profile case has been closely followed over the last seven months, as rapper Gunna was also named in the indictment that included 28 alleged members of the alleged YSL gang charged with 56 total crimes. YSL, the acronym for “Young Stoner Life,” is also the name of Thug’s label, an imprint of 300 Entertainment. In December, Gunna took a plea deal and was released from jail early.

A second group of jurors for Thug’s trial is expected in court on Thursday (January 5), while the third group is expected the following day.

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