A verified Twitter account that goes by “YSL RICO updates” has revealed that the two rappers — who are just a few of the many charged in the wide-ranging case — have been added to the prosecution’s witness list in a separate RICO case involving the YFN (Young Fly N-gga) collective, who are associates of Thugga‘s.
In RICO cases, all evidence is admissible against everyone else, according to NoLo — which means that any evidence uncovered in the YFN RICO case can and will be used in the YSL RICO case, and vice versa, especially since both groups are being charged under one sweeping indictment, and are both allegedly tied to the Bloods gang.
The witness list, however, has not been independently verified by prosecutors.
Additionally, the state has released their witness list for the YFN RICO
The state claims they plan to call Lil Baby, as well as Young Thug and Gunna, as witnesses 👀 👀 pic.twitter.com/vTqgTuiAVq
— YSL RICO UPDATES ひ (@ThuggerDaily) June 8, 2023
The alleged addition of Young Thug to the prosecution’s witness list is an intriguing one, especially since YFN Lucci refused to testify against Thugga back in December 2022.
“Any party can announce for example that Abraham Lincoln is on their witness list, but those words alone are meaningless,” his attorney, Drew Fielding, said at the time. “So, to be 100 percent clear, Rayshawn Bennett (YFN Lucci) will not be a witness in the YSL case.”
This refusal to testify came after one of Young Thug’s associates reportedly tried to stab YFN Lucci in jail.
For his part, YFN Lucci has also reportedly been offered a sweetheart plea deal. The rapper, who is currently sitting behind bars with regards to his alleged involvement in a murder that left a 28-year-old man dead, was hit with the RICO charges while he was out on bond for the alleged murder.
According to VladTV, the sweetheart plea deal will reportedly give the rapper (real name Rayshawn Bennett) 20 years behind bars for all crimes — including the RICO crimes — for which he must serve at least 17 “inside.” But, as with the witness list, the sweetheart plea deal has yet to be confirmed as true.
At the center of all of these RICO cases is rapper Young Thug, who currently faces eight charges in the YSL case, including conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and two counts of participation in criminal street gang activity, along with multiple drug and weapons offenses.
As of this writing, jury selection in the trial has gone on for more than five months, and not a single juror has been selected yet in the case.
Attorney Tom Church told Fox 5 Atlanta that he’s never seen such a breakdown of justice in all his years practicing law. “It’s descending into chaos, and every day seems to bring a new level of disorder,” he told the outlet.
“Clearly, there’s been a breakdown here. We have attorneys getting arrested during these proceedings, having their computers seized. We have the judge who’s holding lawyers left and right in contempt.”