Young Thug Rico Case Witness is Being Threatened, Fulton County DA Says
The identity of a cooperating witness in the Young Thug RICO case has leaked online, causing the individual and their family to receive threats.
As reported by XXLMAG, local Atlanta new station WSB-TV interviewed Fulton County, Ga. District Attorney Fani Willis and Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel, who both expressed concern after revealing that the identity of a cooperating witness who is a YSL affiliate has been outed on the internet, resulting in them being threatened as well as their family.
“YSL enthusiasts and/or actual gang members are threatening someone they believe is cooperating with the State,” Willis told WSB-TV. “And not only that person, but their very small children.”
The leak is said to have occurred during the process of the defense and prosecution sharing evidence with each other – a procedure known as discovery – to prepare for the upcoming trial, which is scheduled to start in January of 2023.
Authorities are currently investigating who is responsible for the breach.
“This is putting people at risk and it’s poisoning the jury pool,” Steel told WSB-TV. “Please stop immediately. Whomever is placing items of discovery online is not doing anybody a favor. It is totally inappropriate to try to try this case in social media. This will be tried fairly and justly in Fulton County Superior Court.”
According to Willis, steps have been accelerated to ensure the safety of the witness.