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Bond hearing for rapper Young Thug delayed during arraignment. Here's why

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, faced a Fulton County judge for an arraignment hearing on Monday.

ATLANTA — Rapper Young Thug appeared virtually in a Fulton County court Monday from the Cobb County Jail where he is being held. 

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was scheduled to have an arraignment hearing connected to his recent arrest on racketeering and gang-related charges. 

During the hearing, the judge was also expected to consider whether Williams would receive a bond.

After hearing from attorneys on both sides of the case, though, Judge Ural Glanville decided he wouldn't listen to arguments related to bond until June 2, after prosecutors filed an objection to Williams' attorney representing him in this case. 

Prosecutors claim attorney Brian Steel previously represented another defendant named in the indictment filed against Williams and the state believes this presents a conflict of interest. 

In court, Steel said he hasn't represented the other defendant and requested the judge move forward with hearing arguments related to bond during the hearing Monday.

The judge denied the request.  

Steel has been working to get Williams out of jail on bond -- previously calling for an emergency hearing over what they called "more humane/non-torturous" housing while he is in custody.  

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Young Thug was booked into the Fulton County Jail and later moved to the Cobb County Jail. 

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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