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Young Thug mouths message to Mariah the Scientist across trial courtroom: Live

The hotly-anticipated trial of the rapper Young Thug is underway in a courtroom in Atlanta, Georgia, following almost a year of delays.

In May 2022, Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, was arrested and charged in a sprawling RICO indictment along with 27 other defendants.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – who is using the same law to prosecute Donald Trump in his Georgia election interference case – accused the suspects of being part of a criminal street gang named YSL or “Young Slime Life.”

According to prosecutors, the gang is responsible for a series of violent crimes, including murders, shootings, carjackings and racketeering.

Young Thug has denied the accusations and insisted that YSL is simply Young Thug’s record label – Young Stoner Life.

After several defendants took plea deals or had their cases severed, the Grammy Award-winning rapper and five others are finally on trial.

Week two of the trial has already led to a few viral snippets. Mr Williams boasted a designer sweater emblazoned with a wolf, which sparked speculation on social media that he was sending a message to the prosecution.

In another viral moment, a video is circulating of the rapper seeming to mouth “I love you” to his girlfriend Mariah the Scientist across the courtroom.

Key points

15:00 , Kelly Rissman

ICYMI: What happened during Week 1 of the Young Thug trial?

Week 1 was filled with mishaps, objections, and at least one motion for a mistrial.

The trial began nearly an hour and a half behind schedule because a juror was late.

The prosecutor, Adriane Love, was finally able to begin her opening statements — but was stopped a few times with objections. Defence attorney Brian Steel made three objections to her opening statement, all of which were sustained.

The trial then came to a screeching halt when the jury was asked to leave the room and the defence team said that Ms Love hadn’t provided certain Powerpoint slides, which she was presenting to the jury, to the defence ahead of the trial, prompting Mr Steel to motion for a mistrial. The motion was denied.

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11:00 , Kelly Rissman

Thug, redefined

Brian Steel, the attorney for Mr Williams, pointed out that his client had two major musical influences growing up: Lil Wayne and Tupac. Tupac famously defined “THUG LIFE” as standing for “The Hate You Give Little Infants F***s Everyone.”

“That was not what ‘thug’ meant to Jeffery,” Mr Steel said, offering up a different definition: “Truly Humble Under God.”

07:00 , Kelly Rissman

The judge reiterated that jurors should stay off of social media

On Wednesday, a juror flagged that she thought she saw herself on a livefeed on social media.

This prompted Judge Glanville to call in each juror one by one to see if they had overheard this juror discussing her discovery. The livestream of the trial dramatically cut out when the judge was posing the question to one juror, prompting fears that a mistrial would ensue.

Instead, the continued. The judge then warned jurors to keep off of social media.

He reiterated the same thing today in court.

03:00 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: What has happened during the Young Thug trial?

The indictment lists 28 defendants, including Jeffery Williams aka Young Thug, but only six defendants are on trial, as several have taken plea deals, including rappers Gunna and Unfoonk, Mr Williams’ brother.

Lyrics, which were the pressure point ahead of the trial, have so far only made an appearance during opening statements.

So far, the prosecution has been calling up witnesses to testify about the “overt acts” laid out in the indictment to demonstrate a conspiracy among defendants. Many of the witnesses are law enforcement officers and a couple were alleged victims — one of theft and one of carjacking.

The prosecution is trying to show that YSL is a “criminal street gang,” not just a record label that stands for Young Stoner Life, as the defence claims.

One law enforcement witness, Detective Belknap, described YSL identifiers, like the propensity to use the snake emoji, to wear green, to type certain abbreviations (like SLATT), and to make certain hand signs, to jurors during the trial’s first week.

Thursday 7 December 2023 23:15 , Kelly Rissman

WATCH: Funny moment in court when judge responds to juror asking for free lunch

Thursday 7 December 2023 21:15 , Kelly Rissman

The sweater that sent social media buzzing is sold out

Social media is buzzing over a now sold-out designer wolf sweater donned by Young Thug at his trial in Georgia - days after prosecutors described him as the head of a wolf pack.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is in court in Fulton County, Georgia, fighting gang and racketeering charges in connection with what DA Fani Willis and prosecutors say is a violent street gang he co-founded called Young Slime Life (YSL). He and 27 defendants other are facing RICO charges and have each been individually charged with other violations. Mr Williams has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Monday, Mr Williams arrived at court wearing an Amiri sweater emblazoned with a wolf, according to WSBTV. The sweater retails for $1,090 and was on sale for $595 as of Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the sweater appeared to be sold out on the Amiri website.

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Thursday 7 December 2023 19:15 , Kelly Rissman

ICYMI: Who is Young Thug?

Born in 1991 as Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Young Thug is an Atlanta-born rapper. He also goes by the name Slime.

After starting his career at the age of 19, he signed with Gucci Mane’s record label, and went on to become one of the most influential artists on the contemporary hip-hop and trap music scene.

His first two albums “So Much Fun”, in 2019, and “Punk”, in 2021, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, as did his 2021 joint compilation album with Gunna, “Slime Language 2”.

Young Thug has also featured in multiple collaborations that have earned him several number one hits.

These include guest spots on Camila Cabello’s Havana in 2018, Travis Scott and MIA’s Franchise in 2020 and Drake and Future’s Way 2 Sexy in 2021, all of which topped the Billboard Hot 100.

He also co-wrote the hit song This Is America with Childish Gambino, real name Donald Glover, which became the first hip-hop track to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2019.

Thursday 7 December 2023 17:15 , Kelly Rissman

Court recesses for the day

The judge anticipated a 1pm start time tomorrow.

Thursday 7 December 2023 16:45 , Kelly Rissman

A new strategy?

It seems like lawyers for Deamonte Kendrick and Shannon Stillwell might have started a new strategy: asking the witness whether the incident he’s discussing involves their clients.

Officer Henry has been discussing an incident involving Marquavius Huey for the back half of yesterday into today.

This tactic is perhaps an effort to debunk claims that the group is working as an enterprise, emphasising that this particular “overt act” only involves one defendant. We will see if that strategy continues throughtout the day.

Thursday 7 December 2023 16:21 , Kelly Rissman

Cross-examination of Radclif Henry

Officer Henry testified yesterday about an incident that occured on 25 May, 2018.

Mr Henry said on Wednesday that he was dispatched to Grant Park after the call about a shooting. He approached someone who matched the description of a suspect: a “Black male wearing all black.” When he approached, that person started running away.

While he was chasing him, the suspect threw the firearm on the ground and then the officer picked it up and “made it safe.” The officer said the recovered gun came back as stolen. Marquavius Huey was arrested.

The incident is documented as an “overt act” in the indictment involving Mr Huey, who is accused of theft by receiving stolen property.

Thursday 7 December 2023 14:18 , Kelly Rissman

ICYMI: Drama unfolded in Wednesday’s courtroom

A juror informed the judge that she saw herself on a livestream during a recess. The judge proceeded to ask every juror whether they had overheard the first juror speaking to the sergeant about the livefeed.

After the judge asked one of the jurors, the livefeed cut out, prompting fears that someone had answered “yes,” however, after a few minutes, the feed resumed. Despite fears of a mistrial, the court will resume today at 10am.

Thursday 7 December 2023 13:00 , Kelly Rissman

Young Thug’s designer wolf sweater sells out

Social media is buzzing over a now sold-out designer wolf sweater donned by Young Thug at his trial in Georgia - days after prosecutors described him as the head of a wolf pack.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is in court in Fulton County, Georgia, fighting gang and racketeering charges in connection with what DA Fani Willis and prosecutors say is a violent street gang he co-founded called Young Slime Life (YSL). He and 27 defendants other are facing RICO charges and have each been individually charged with other violations. Mr Williams has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Monday, Mr Williams arrived at court wearing an Amiri sweater emblazoned with a wolf, according to WSBTV. The sweater retails for $1,090 and was on sale for $595 as of Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the sweater appeared to be sold out on the Amiri website.

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Thursday 7 December 2023 11:00 , Kelly Rissman

What is RICO?

RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is a state law in Georgia based on the 1970 federal law, allowing the prosecution of alleged criminal organizations.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis explained at a press conference following the 2022 indictment: “RICO is a tool that allows a prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to tell the whole story. We use it as a tool so they can have all the information they need to make a wise decision.”

Donald Trump and his 18 codefendants were also charged under this Georgia statute.

Thursday 7 December 2023 09:00 , Kelly Rissman

Who is Mariah the Scientist?

Mariah the Scientist is not only a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, but is also Young Thug’s girlfriend.

The pair made headlines recently when Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, released the song, “From a Man,” after she dropped “From a Woman.”

Mr Williams “is someone who supports and respects my vision wholeheartedly. There is a true balance in my femininity and his masculinity,” Mariah the Scientist said in October, according to Rolling Stone. “He’s the yang to my yin in every way.”

The couple also made headlines again this week after Mr Williams boasted a sweater featuring a wolf on it. Although some social media users thought he wore it as a jab to the prosecution — who called him the “head of the pack” of YSL and quoted The Jungle Book — Mariah the Scientist told WSBTV that wearing the sweater was a “pure coincidence.”

Thursday 7 December 2023 07:00 , Kelly Rissman

WATCH: Awkward moment in court today

Thursday 7 December 2023 03:00 , Kelly Rissman

What does YSL mean?

YSL takes on a few meanings in this trial.

According to its website, YSL stands for Young Stoner Life, a record label that includes artists Young Thug, Gunna, Yak Gotti, Unfoonk. They are all defendants in this trial.

The prosecution is arguing that “YSL” also stands for “Young Slime Life,” a “criminal street gang.”

During his opening remarks, Mr Steel discussed the alleged origins of “YSL.” He said the abbreviation stemmed from the “YSL” logo on Yves Saint Laurent pants.

Thursday 7 December 2023 00:00 , Kelly Rissman

Witnesses reluctant to describe Cleveland Ave area as low-income

22:00 , Kelly Rissman

House Judiciary GOP makes comparisons between Young Thug and Donald Trump trials

Both cases have been brought by Fulton County DA Fani Willis and both concern RICO charges.

21:30 , Kelly Rissman

Despite the drama, court will resume session tomorrow

After the judge asked every juror whether they overheard the one juror discussing her concern with the sergeant. The judge encouraged jurors to keep off of social media apps to avoid any coverage of the trial. “Any apps, any news feeds, come off of those,” he said.

The court will start at 10am tomorrow and go until about 12:30pm.

21:14 , Kelly Rissman

Other jurors speak to the judge

The judge asked all the other jurors if they heard the first juror discussing “anything about the media”?

20:46 , Kelly Rissman

More juror drama

Within the last 30 minutes, “you shared a video on your phone with” a sergeant, right? The judge asked before asking how she came across the video.

“I saw myself on the camera above us here,” and she asked where else she could be seen, including the viewing room. She was “concerned” after finding a video online that showed her on a live feed “in contravention of the court’s order,” as the judge put it.

20:00 , Kelly Rissman

Radclif Henry testifies

Mr Henry is a patrol officer, who was dispatched to Grant Park after the call about the shooting. He approached someone who matched the description as a “Black male wearing all black” and the person went running. While he was chasing him, the suspect threw the firearm on the ground and then the officer picked it up and “made it safe.”

Officer Henry said he detained them and asked why he was running; he didn’t respond because “he was tired,” he said.

The officer said the gun came back as stolen.

19:38 , Kelly Rissman

Sharon Latners takes the stand

Ms Latners works for Atlanta’s 911 communication center.

The prosecution played three 911s call from May 25, 2018.

During cross-examination, Mr Matthews emphasised that there were no descriptions of or details about the shooter from the callers. He also pointed out that the shootings took place at three different locations.

19:15 , Kelly Rissman

Witnesses refuse to refer to Cleveland Ave as a “poor” area

Earlier today, Mr McKesey refused to agree with Mr Steel when he asked whether the area was destitute because he didn’t want to disrespect those in the area.

Mr Thomas similarly refused to classify the area as poor, when Mr Adams asked, but characterised it as a high crime area.

“You’re well-versed enough to say that it’s a high-crime area or that it’s a gang area but you can’t say whether it’s a low-income area or not?” Mr Adams said.

19:01 , Kelly Rissman

The next witness takes the stand: Dwayne Thomas

Mr Thomas works at the APD. He described the Chevron gas station as being known for gang activity and narcotics sales.

He is also recounting the incident in which Young Thug’s brother, Quantavious Grier, was detained in September 2020. Mr Thomas said a Taurus firearm was recovered from Grier’s waistband, adding that the firearm was stolen from Clayton County. The officer was shown the gun and confirmed it was the same. He said he also found marijuana under the car.

During cross-examination, Mr Adams, Mr Williams’ attorney, asked the officer about the older man waving a gun around, and how Mr Grier took the gun from him and put it in his waistband. Mr Thomas also testified that he didn’t know who the weed belonged to.

18:20 , Kelly Rissman

Awkward moment in the courtroom

17:30 , Kelly Rissman

Court on break

The court is on break for lunch until 1pm.

This morning, the state called up Stephen McKesey, an APD investigator, who spoke about one of the listed “overt acts” in the indictment involving Young Thug’s brother.

17:00 , Kelly Rissman

Who is Quantavious Grier?

Mr Grier, who is known as Unfoonk, is the brother of Young Thug. He is also listed under the record label YSL.

Although he took a plea deal in the sprawling RICO case, his since violated those terms, official determined, meaning he has to serve nine years and six months in prison.

Judge Glanvilled said in June, according to 11Alive: “The issues that I find aggravating in this particular circumstance are several. You got arrested with a gun six months of you being placed on probation. I agree with the state all you had to do is just complete your probation and do what you are supposed to do instead of riding around with a gun.”

16:32 , Kelly Rissman

Cross-examination

The attorney for Mr Huey, Careton Matthews, asked the witness whether there was any “YSL graffiti” on the gas station building; Mr McKesey said he didn’t see any.

The lawyer also pointed out that the person with the rifle in the red sedan was not arrested, his weapon was not taken, and there was no mention that that person was affiliated with a gang. He also added that the officer didn’t know why that person had blood on his shirt.

Mr Matthews asked, “You referenced an attempted crime in your report, not a completed crime?” He was hung up on whether Mr McKesey had seen an “aggravated assault,” which the officer said he had described in his report because someone had been “brandishing” a weapon while saying he wanted to shoot others.

Brian Steel, Mr Williams’s attorney, asked whether any of the people he saw on that day were in this courtroom, which he said they were not. He specifically asked if Mr Williams was at the gas station on September 5, 2020; Mr McKesey again said no. Mr Grier and Mr Williams are brothers.

16:20 , Kelly Rissman

What do you know about the activity around 221 Cleveland Ave?

“There’s a lot of gang involvement in that area,” Mr McKesey said. When the prosecutor asked whether there was a particular gang in that area, the officer replied: “There is a known gang called YSL.”

16:05 , Kelly Rissman

The prosecution calls up its first witness today: Stephen McKesey

Mr McKesey works for the APD.

He recounted a specific event on September 5, 2020 at 221 Cleveland Ave, a Chevron gas station that features a food mart, restaurant and income tax storefront. “It’s a known drug area with a lot of violence,” Mr McKesey said, adding that it's known for gang activity.

The officer was just stopping to get gas at this station and noticed a candlelight vigil nearby. “One particular vehicle got my attention:” a red sedan, he said. A man in the front seat of the vehicle was holding a rifle.

“All of a sudden, an older gentleman came out of the store, started cussing,” Mr McKesey said. “I’m gonna kill this motherf***er,” he recalled, adding the man had blood on his shirt. That’s when a white Malibu pulled in, with three people in it, including Quantavious Grier, who is Jeffery Williams’ older brother. The driver was wearing all black, the passenger was wearing a red hoodie, and the backseat passenger was wearing a stonewash jean jacket with a red cap, identified as Mr Grier.

The driver got out of the vehicle and “handed the old man the firearm” and then saw Mr Grier get out of the backseat of his car with a “gun in his hand.” Then, Mr Grier put the handgun in his waistband and went back to the car. The old man then rushed to the front of the door, went inside and then went back outside — “it seemed like he was under the influence” — and kept saying he was going to shoot “all these motherf***ers.”

In the meantime, Mr McKesey called his colleagues via radio.

The backseat passenger (Mr Grier) was detained as police searched for his handgun “for safety reasons,” and they found it in the front part of his waistband, Mr McKesey said. Authorities then searched the firearm in their system, and it came up as stolen, Mr McKesey said.

15:23 , Kelly Rissman

Day 7 is about to begin

Young Thug is in court today wearing a matching off-white turtleneck and suit.

The judge scolded the attorneys — somewhat jokingly — that one day soon he hopes to start the day with the jury present, not an argument between lawyers.

Prosecutor Simone Hylton said “sorry” when she asked to approach the bench, to which the judge replied, “No you’re not.”

15:00 , Kelly Rissman

Handy dandy trial dictionary to use while watching the trial

If you’re watching the Young Thug trial, you could be confused by some of the terminology thrown around by the attorneys.

The lawyers on both sides have mentioned anime references, novel acronyms, and even some new definitions for words you may know (see: “thug”).

Here is your guide to understanding the YSL trial terms.

YSL and Pushin P: A dictionary guide to the Young Thug trial

14:46 , Kelly Rissman

Young Thug’s designer wolf sweater sells out

Just two days after Young Thug boasted an Amiri mohair sweater emblazoned with a wolf, it sold out.

Viewers sounding off online were quick to question whether the wolf image was meant as a jab at prosecutors, who mentioned the animal in opening statements last week.

Prosecutor Adriane Love began her opening on 27 November by quoting The Jungle Book: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

She used the quote to argue the state’s main point that Mr Williams is the ringleader of YSL, a “criminal street gang”. The defence has argued that YSL is simply a record label.

12:00 , Kelly Rissman

The definition of the word ‘thug’ in question

Mr Steel, the attorney for Mr Williams, pointed out that his client had two major musical influences growing up: Lil Wayne and Tupac. Tupac famously defined “THUG LIFE” as standing for “The Hate You Give Little Infants F***s Everyone.”

“That was not what ‘thug’ meant to Jeffery,” Mr Steel said, offering up a different definition: “Truly Humble Under God.”

09:00 , Kelly Rissman

Who is Young Thug?

Born in 1991 as Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Young Thug is an Atlanta-born rapper. He also goes by the name Slime.

After starting his career at the age of 19, he signed with Gucci Mane’s record label, and went on to become one of the most influential artists on the contemporary hip-hop and trap music scene.

His first two albums “So Much Fun”, in 2019, and “Punk”, in 2021, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, as did his 2021 joint compilation album with Gunna, “Slime Language 2”.

Young Thug has also featured in multiple collaborations that have earned him several number one hits.

These include guest spots on Camila Cabello’s Havana in 2018, Travis Scott and MIA’s Franchise in 2020 and Drake and Future’s Way 2 Sexy in 2021, all of which topped the Billboard Hot 100.

He also co-wrote the hit song This Is America with Childish Gambino, real name Donald Glover, which became the first hip-hop track to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2019.

06:00 , Kelly Rissman

Young Thug trial viewers think he was sending a message with a designer wolf sweater

On Monday, Mr Williams arrived at court wearing an Amiri sweater emblazoned with a wolf, according to WSBTV. The sweater retails for $1,090 but is currently on sale for $595.

Viewers sounding off online were quick to question whether the wolf image was meant as a jab at prosecutors, who mentioned the animal in opening statements last week.

Prosecutor Adriane Love began her opening on 27 November by quoting The Jungle Book: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

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Young Thug trial viewers think he was sending a message with $1,090 wolf sweater

03:00 , Kelly Rissman

Your guide to YSL trial lingo

The highly anticipated Young Thug trial is underway and both sides have already been throwing around terms that aren’t particularly common — or have different meanings, depending on who’s talking.

Some of the most viral moments from the trial so far have consisted of the unusual terminology and references being used — like “SLATT” or “pushin P.”

Here’s a guide to the most important - and perplexing - words and phrases so far:

00:00 , Kelly Rissman

Who is Mariah the Scientist?

Mariah the Scientist is not only a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, but is also Young Thug’s girlfriend.

The pair made headlines recently when Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, released the song, “From a Man,” after she dropped “From a Woman.”

Mr Williams “is someone who supports and respects my vision wholeheartedly. There is a true balance in my femininity and his masculinity,” Mariah the Scientist said in October, according to Rolling Stone. “He’s the yang to my yin in every way.”

The couple also made headlines again this week after Mr Williams boasted a sweater featuring a wolf on it. Although some social media users thought he wore it as a jab to the prosecution — who called him the “head of the pack” of YSL and quoted The Jungle Book — Mariah the Scientist told WSBTV that wearing the sweater was a “pure coincidence.”

Tuesday 5 December 2023 23:00 , Kelly Rissman

WATCH: Viral moment from today’s testimony

Tuesday 5 December 2023 22:00 , Kelly Rissman

Court in recess for the day

The judge said that the next witness will likely talk a long time, so he is waiting until tomorrow to hear that testimony.

Judge Glanville said he anticipated a 10am start time.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 21:45 , Kelly Rissman

Edwin Garcia testifies

Mr Garcia is employed at the GBI in the forensic section.

The forensic scientist testified about marijuana that was sent to him in January 2023, which a defence attorney said Mr Bebee was arrested for allegedly possessing in 2020.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 21:30 , Kelly Rissman

Cross-examination of APD Officer Applewhaite gets testy

Tuesday 5 December 2023 21:12 , Kelly Rissman

Officer Jasmyn Hawkins Mogavero takes the stand

Ms Mogavero works for the APD. She said 151 Cleveland Ave, the gas station, is a “high crime area” in terms of “shootings and drugs.”

She is also testifying about Mr Bebee on May 9, 2020.

Mr Bebee took a plea deal last month, meaning only six defendants are on trial.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 21:01 , Kelly Rissman

Officer Ian Applewhaite testifies

The Atlanta police officer testified about going undercover at 151 Cleveland Ave, where Mr Bebee allegedly sold him $20 worth of weed.

Derontae Bebee agreed to a plea deal last month. He pleaded guilty to all counts against him.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 20:45 , Kelly Rissman

Young Thug trial viewers speculate he was sending a message with wolf sweater

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is in court in Fulton County, Georgia, fighting gang and racketeering charges in connection with what DA Fani Willis and prosecutors say is a violent street gang he co-founded called Young Slime Life (YSL). He and 27 defendants other are facing RICO charges and have each been individually charged with other violations. Mr Williams has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Monday, Mr Williams arrived at court wearing an Amiri sweater emblazoned with a wolf, according to WSBTV. The sweater retails for $1,090 but is currently on sale for $595.

Viewers sounding off online were quick to question whether the wolf image was meant as a jab at prosecutors, who mentioned the animal in opening statements last week.

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Young Thug trial viewers think he was sending a message with $1,090 wolf sweater

Tuesday 5 December 2023 20:15 , Kelly Rissman

ICYMI: What people are saying about Young Thug’s viral sweater

The rapper’s sweater, which featured a wolf, has been sending social media spinning.

“Young Thug is wearing a cartoon wolf on his shirt. Is he intentionally making fun of the state’s opening statement, which compared YSL to ‘a pack of wolves’ and called Thug the ‘leader of the pack,’” one X user wrote.

Another user wrote, “When you have expensive threads, you might as well risk a conviction to show the drip.”

Another remarked that similar to the Gwyneth Paltrow trial, “I tune into the #YoungThug trial in part for the fashion.”

Tuesday 5 December 2023 19:45 , Kelly Rissman

‘I love you’ whispered in courtroom

A clip of Young Thug that seems to show him mouthing “I love you” across the courtroom to his girlfriend, Mariah the Scientist, is going viral.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 19:25 , Kelly Rissman

The trial continues after lunch

Patrick Chepaitis took the stand. He used to work for the GBI, where he tested controlled substances, he testified.

A prosecutor asked Mr Chepaitis to describe the results of an analysis, which “confirmed the presence of cocaine,” he said.

Tuesday 5 December 2023 19:15 , Kelly Rissman

What does ‘pushin P’ mean?

Defence attorney Brian Steel pulled up a Powerpoint slide during his opening remarks showing a photo of his client, Mr Williams, flashing a hand sign. The indictment states that Mr Williams is flashing a “‘Bloods’ gang sign.” Mr Steel said the prosecution is arguing that his hand is in the shape of a “B.”

Mr Steel said that his client was holding up the letter “P” before referencing a song by Mr Williams and his codefendant Sergio Kitchens, aka Gunna, called “pushin P.” The lawyer translated the song to mean “pushing positivity.”

According to Mr Steel, “It means, any circumstance you’re in, if you think positively about something, you can make it through. You’re pushing positivity.”

The term has been represented online by the 🅿️ emoji and is understood to mean “keeping it real” or, according to Mr Kitchens on The Breakfast Club, it “could” mean keeping it “player.”

Tuesday 5 December 2023 19:00 , Kelly Rissman

Recap: What happened last week in the YSL trial?

The prosecution portrayed the rapper as the “head” of the so-called “criminal street gang” YSL (Young Slime Life), and used lyrics in its opening statement to support its case, but not without many delays and a fiery Judge Ural Glanville, who seemed upset with both sides on Monday.

The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, and 27 other defendants have been charged in a sweeping 65-count indictment. Mr Williams has been charged with eight counts, including possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession of a machine gun. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

All defendants have been charged with racketeering. Prosecutors say YSL is a gang; the defence insists it is just a record label.

The trial began nearly an hour and a half behind schedule because a juror was late.

The prosecutor, Adriane Love, was finally able to begin her opening statements — but was stopped a few times with objections. Defence attorney Brian Steel made three objections to her opening statement, all of which were sustained.

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Young Thug’s YSL trial kicks off with scoldings, ‘wasted time’ and no tempo

Tuesday 5 December 2023 18:00 , Kelly Rissman

The court is on lunch break until 1.30pm

Three witnesses have testified today about three separate “overt acts” laid out in the indictment.

The trial started late today, as is quickly becoming par for the course in this case.