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Atlanta native Young Thug denied bail on gang-related charges

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Atlanta-based rapper and accused gang member Young Thug will remain in jail until his trial in January.

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, faced a judge Thursday on racketeering and other gang-related charges. His lawyers were aiming to get him released from prison after he was arrested for his alleged role in the street gang Young Slime Life, better known as YSL. Prosecutors say he is one of the ringleaders.

Young Thug was one of more than two dozen who were arrested and charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, according to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

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An emergency request had already been filed by his lawyers to try to get him released on bail.

Prosecutors attempted to use the words of Young Thug and Gunna, also accused of racketeering, against them, angering fellow Atlanta rappers TI, Jay Z and Meek Mill.

“Saying that ‘we use lyrics that a rapper uses’ would basically put everyone who raps out of business or in jail based on those words. By that logic, Johnny Cash killed multiple people because his music is about killing multiple people,” attorney Manny Arora said.

Gunna, whose first name is Sergio Kitchens, was denied bail by a judge last week. The College Park native pleaded not guilty when arraigned last month.

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