Rapper’s Lawyer Sentenced to Jail Time

(RightWing.org) – Former President Donald Trump’s pending election interference trial in Georgia isn’t the only controversy raging in Fulton County’s criminal justice system. Jury selection concluded in early January in the RICO trial of Grammy Award-winning rapper Jeffery Williams, better known by his stage name — Young Thug. The proceedings have been chaotic from the start. However, the situation recently peaked, and his lawyer faces jail time after clashing with the judge overseeing the case.

Defense attorney Brian Steel represents the performing artist who is currently on trial for racketeering, participation in the Young Slime Life (YSL) criminal street gang, drug and weapons charges, and his alleged role in committing violent criminal acts in aid of racketeering.

On June 10, Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Ural Glanville held Steel in contempt and ordered him jailed after the attorney refused to tell him how he learned about the events surrounding an ex parte meeting between the judge, prosecutors, and a prosecution witness.

Steel confronted Glanville earlier that day in open court about that meeting. Several viral videos documented their heated exchange. Both men can be heard speaking loudly and angrily for nearly 10 minutes. Glanville threatened to jail Steel if he didn’t tell him who gave him the information about the meeting, claiming he had a right to exclude the defense attorney from the clandestine meeting.

Glanville’s detention order requires Steel to serve 20 days in jail. He ordered the defense lawyer to check into the Fulton County jail at 7 p.m. on Fridays for the next 10 weekends. He ordered his release on Sundays. Steel’s detention will run through August 18.

Several other stunning clashes have occurred during the trial proceedings. For instance, in April, Glanville ordered court officers to remove one of Young Thug’s co-defendants, “Lil Rod” Ryan, from the courtroom to a nearby room.

Media outlets reported that the YSL gang member’s screams could be heard echoing throughout the courtroom. Two other co-defendants, Coradrius Dorsey and Christian Eppinger, arose from their seats and started yelling at deputies, demanding they release “Lil Rod” from the makeshift cell. Glanville had to clear the courtroom after his efforts to restore order failed.

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