The YSL RICO trial involving rapper Young Thug has moved forward with the seating of the jury. Young Thug’s attorney confirmed the conclusion of the jury selection process, aligning with the artist’s request for a speedy trial since his arrest in May 2022.
Over the past year, Young Thug‘s legal team has advocated for his release on bond, citing concerns about his deteriorating health during pretrial detention. Despite their claims presented in a July hearing, the request for bond was rejected.
Notably, only seven of the initial 28 indicted individuals will stand trial. The rest either reached plea deals or had their charges dropped. One such individual was Gunna, who took an Alford plea in December 2022. Gunna faced scrutiny over the past year, with some in the hip-hop community questioning his actions.
However, Young Thug’s father clarified that Gunna’s plea did not impact their legal battle, stating that Gunna had not done anything to harm their case.
The YSL RICO trial is scheduled to begin on November 27, according to Variety. In October, an extensive witness list was revealed, including prominent names in the hip-hop industry such as T.I., Lil Wayne, Killer Mike, and music executive Lyor Cohen.
Young Thug, in an audio message broadcasted during HOT 97’s Summer Jam in June 2022, expressed his gratitude for the support he had received and highlighted the importance of freedom of expression for Black artists and rappers.
Despite the legal proceedings, Young Thug continued to release music, including “BUSINESS IS BUSINESS” in June and “From A Man” on October 13. The trial will undoubtedly be closely watched by fans and the music industry as it progresses.