Prosecutors In Court Are Trying To Use Young Thug’s Michael Phelps Tweet As Witness Intimidation
Atlanta rap icon Young Thug is currently behind bars awaiting trial on a pending RICO case, but his recent social media activity has caused quite a stir outside of his cell.
The rapper recently sent out a tweet asking Michael Phelps for advice. However, that didn’t sit well with the courts, according to reports.
During Thursday’s (September 8) court hearing in Georgia, the judge called for limitations on the communication between lawyers and their clients in YSL’s RICO case after prosecutors raised concerns about leaked discovery information and witness intimidation.
11 Alive News shared footage of Judge Ural Glanville addressing Thug and Gunna’s lawyer, Brian Steel, as the rapper’s looked on from a video camera behind the walls of Cobb County Jail. As Steel pushed back against the prosecutors claims, denying that Thugga has access to a cell phone in jail, Judge Glanville fired back;
“This is part of the conversation I had with all of you about your teams and everybody else. You really gotta zealously clamp down on—it’s like dealing with classified information. It’s need to know at this point in time. And if people don’t need to know, you don’t need to disclose it. And it’s gonna get somebody either hurt or somebody in a lot of trouble.”
However, Steel doubled down on his claim that someone else tweets for the YSL rapper while he’s behind bars. “[The Michael Phelps tweet] was a conversation that was recorded between [Young Thug] and a member of his close family, close friendships,” Steel stated.
“He asked the other person who’s in control of his Twitter account to send that, or the Instagram, maybe. That is not a reason to [restrict].” Despite his persistent, the Judge concluded that Thug’s ability to get a message out while in jail means he has the ability to intimidate witnesses.