Jeffery “Young Thug” Williams Yawns Through Trial

H. Michael Harvey, JD
9 min readDec 1, 2023

Is Fani’s RICO Moonshot Putting Him to Sleep?

Young Thug, the entertainer, is yawning through the first few days of testimony in his Racketeering and Corrupt Crimes Act prosecution in Fulton County, Georgia.

After months of attorneys haggling over the selection of jurors, Brady motions, and motions in limine, witnesses took the stand this week in the RICO prosecution of Grammy Award-winning rapper “Young Thug,” whose birth name is Jeffery Williams.

Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis’s prosecution seeks to determine whether “Young Thug” is running a lucrative business enterprise or is the boss of a criminal street gang known as YSL or “Young Slime Life.”

Brian Steel, one of Williams’ lawyers, in opening statements, pitched him to the jury as a Black man born into abject poverty in a family of ten siblings. Steel said that Williams rapped his way out of the violent Cleveland Avenue neighborhood central to the prosecution’s case; once fortune and fame reached Williams, he returned to help the hood.

Au contraire, Adriane Love, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Fulton County, suggests a different view. Love quote from Rudyard Kipling in conceding that Williams grew up in a heavily policed, crime-infested jungle of Cleveland Avenue. But she contends that Williams didn’t bring his Grammy award back to help improve the neighborhood but to operate a crime syndicate through a wolf pack known as YSL.

While Love began to methodically lay out the State’s case against Williams and several other defendants, Williams can be seen in the court yawning to remain awake during the trial.

During the pre-trial phase of the trial, Williams’s legal team of Keith Adams and Steel filed a motion for a bond, positing that Williams should be released because he was not getting enough sleep, especially the night before he had to be in court for a hearing. According to the motion, Williams has to get up around 3:00 to 4:00 am to get to court on time.



H. Michael Harvey, JD

Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at