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The rapper’s lawyer won’t go to jail after the Georgia Supreme Court granted bail

Brian Steel and Young Thug in a Fulton County courtroom on June 10, 2024.

Brian Steel, the attorney for Atlanta rapper Young Thug, won’t have to spend Father’s Day in jail after he was found in contempt of court.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Supreme Court granted Steel’s emergency request to stay Judge Ural Glanville’s ruling criminalizing the lawyer.

The court also agreed to hear the Steel case in the future. Until Steel’s appeal is resolved, the court will allow him to remain out of custody.

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Young Thug’s lawyer treated with contempt

Glanville ordered Steel’s arrest on Monday after Steel approached the judge’s bench after a lunch break and revealed his knowledge of an ex parte interview that had taken place in court earlier that morning.

The conversation, which included the judge, prosecutors and witness Kenneth “Lil Woody” Copeland, reportedly included Copeland confessing to killing Donovan “Nut” Thomas Jr.

“If true, we are dealing with coercion, witness intimidation and ex parte communications, and we have a constitutional right to be present,” Steel said in court.

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Glanville demanded to know how Steel obtained this information, but Steel refused to reveal the source.

The judge gave Steel five minutes to rehear the case, threatened him with contempt of court, and then stormed out of the courtroom.

When the judge returned and Steel still refused to reveal the source, he was found in contempt and remanded in custody.

Glanville ordered Steel to serve 20 days in the Fulton County Jail, spending the next 10 weekends there, reporting on Fridays at 7 p.m., and being released on Sundays at 7 p.m., beginning that Friday and ending on August 18.

After Glanville’s sentencing, Steel asked if he could spend that time in custody at the Cobb County Jail with Young Thug.

Brian Steel appeals against contempt verdict

That same day, Steel filed an appeal of the contempt judgment to the Georgia Court of Appeals. He also filed a motion asking Glanville to “reconsider and set aside the contempt order” or grant him bail pending the outcome of his appeal.

Steel’s motion says the judge and prosecutors met under oath with a witness who was granted immunity and who was held in contempt after exercising his Fifth Amendment privilege. Steel’s motion states that he disclosed in court that he knew about the meeting and moved for a mistrial.

Although the judge argues that Steel had information he should not have had, Steel’s motion states that the information was not held confidential under any court order and that by finding him in contempt, Glanville “imposed an illegal and inherently inconsistent penalty for this criminal contempt.”

The appeals court remanded Steel’s motion to the Georgia Supreme Court, saying the court had the “ultimate responsibility” to determine who had jurisdiction.

No date has been set for the appeal hearing.

What charges does Young Thug face?

Rapper Young Thug wears a MattyBoy’s Sex Records shirt at the hearing.

A Fulton County grand jury indicted Young Thug in May 2022, and more charges were added in a subsequent indictment in August of this year. The second indictment charges Young Thug and 27 others with conspiring to violate Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO. The rapper is also accused of participating in criminal street gangs and on drug and weapons charges.

Prosecutors say Young Thug and two others co-founded in 2012 a violent street gang called Young Slime Life (YSL), which they believe is linked to the nationwide Bloods gang. The indictment alleges that Young Thug “made YSL a household name by referencing her in his songs and on social media.”

In addition to the specific charges, the August indictment includes a lengthy list of 191 acts that prosecutors say occurred between 2013 and 2022 as part of an alleged conspiracy to further the gang’s interests.

That list includes an allegation that Young Thug threatened in July 2015 to shoot a security guard who tried to get him to leave an Atlanta-area mall. The indictment also alleges that Young Thug rented a silver Infiniti sedan that was used to kill a rival gang member named Donovan “Nut” Thomas. On multiple occasions, he and others are accused of possessing various illegal drugs that they intended to distribute.

Who is on trial by Young Thug?

The remaining defendants still on trial are Marquavius ​​Huey, Deamonte Kendrick (known as Yak Gotti), Quamarvious Nichols, Rodalius Ryan and Shannon Stillwell.

The other defendants who had already pleaded guilty to various charges before jury selection were Gunna, whose name is Sergio Kitchens; Young Thug’s older brother, Quantavious Grier (Unfoonk); Trontavious Stephens (check); and Antonio Sledge (Mounk Tounk).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.