On Tuesday, June 11, 2024, the New York Post reported that the Atlanta defense attorney for rapper Young Thug was held in contempt of court and sentenced to jail time. Brian Steel, who represents Young Thug in his high-profile racketeering trial, was arrested in court.

During proceedings, Steel angrily confronted Judge Ural Glanville of Fulton County about alleged secret meetings between the prosecution, judge, and a key witness. When asked to reveal his source for this information, Steel refused. This led to a heated exchange where Judge Glanville insisted Steel share his source or face contempt charges. Even after being given five minutes, Steel did not provide a name.

As a result, Judge Glanville ordered Steel to be removed from the courtroom and taken into custody. A video showed Steel removing his jacket and tie as he was escorted away while his client Young Thug looked on. Steel was released about an hour later but warned to disclose his source by the end of the day or face further punishment.

That evening, Judge Glanville sentenced Steel to 10 weekends in jail, totaling 20 days. Steel will serve his sentence on weekends at the Cobb County Jail, where Young Thug is also being held during his trial. Steel’s law firm declined to comment on the contempt order.

Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, was arrested in May 2022 on RICO charges alleging he was the leader of a street gang. His trial began in November 2023 and has become the longest state trial in Georgia history. The witness at the center of Steel’s allegations had recently spent a weekend in jail for refusing to testify in the case despite an immunity deal.

 

 

Source: New York Post