ATLANTA — Update: A judge denied bond to rapper Young Thug. He is accused in a sweeping RICO indictment of being the leader of the Young Slime Life street gang. Read the update here.
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Rapper Young Thug could find out if he will be able to get out of jail, as a court hearing is scheduled for him to enter a plea on Thursday.
Young Thug - whose real name is Jeffrey Williams - is facing racketeering and gang related charges. The court hearing is expected for 9 a.m.
Last month, a Fulton County judge delayed his bond hearing on those charges.
The judge today will first hear arguments on a motion to disqualify Williams' lead defense counsel Brian Steel for a alleged conflict of interest.
Prosecutors claim he previously represented another defendant in the indictment in an unrelated case; however, Steel disagrees. Prosecutors also claim Williams is dangerous and one of the ring leaders of the Young Slime Life Gang.
The Fulton County Sheriff previously said individuals named in the indictment involving Young Thug would be housed across several jails to address safety concerns involving rival gangs.
In the indictment returned by a Fulton County grand jury in May, Williams is accused of being a founder and active leader of the violent Young Slime Life street gang. The indictment mentions specific criminal charges regarding an "overt act in furthering of the conspiracy" and an "act of racketeering" to advance gang interests.
The nearly 90-page indictment charges both Williams and another Georgia rapper, Gunna, with gang-related crimes, including more than 25 others who have allegedly participated in YSL gang activity.
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When Williams lawyer previously asked the judge for a bond, an objection was raised of Williams was a flight risk. His attorney said he has substantial ties to the Atlanta area and that there is "not a scintilla of evidence" that he "has done anything to try to obstruct justice or try to hinder people from turning themselves in or being arrested."
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