YSL trial put on hold until ruling issued on whether judge should have recused himself

ATLANTA — The longest case in Georgia’s history has been put on hold.

The YSL RICO gang case against hip-hop superstar Young Thug and his alleged associates is paused until another court decides if the judge presiding over the case can remain on it.

Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was in downtown Atlanta Monday, where some attorneys he spoke to suggested that the delay could lead to a mistrial.

But the first matter of business is getting the motion for Glanville’s recusal in front of another judge. It’s unclear when a ruling would be issued and when the trial, which started in 2023, can pick back up.

“There’s a lot of collateral consequences that could result from this ruling,” attorney Bruce Harvey said.

Glanville’s decision comes after several defense attorneys filed motions asking that Glanville be recused from the trial after a private meeting between himself, prosecutors and a state witness.

It all happened on June 10. That’s when Glanville, prosecutors and Kenneth Copeland, one of the state’s key witnesses, met behind closed doors without any of the defense attorneys present.

Attorney Brian Steel, who is representing Williams, claimed they had no notice of the “secret” meeting. When he refused to answer Glanville where he heard about the meeting, the judge held Steel in contempt.

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“How did you get that information from my chambers?” Glanville said at the time. “Did somebody tell you?”


Right now, it’s unclear what another judge will make a decision, but in court Monday, Glanville reiterated that he didn’t do anything wrong.

The judge released the full transcript from that private meeting.

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