Young Thug’s lawyer has filed a motion seeking a dismissal of RICO Charges for all the YSL co-defendants based on statute of limitations.
Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel filed a motion last Friday (June 23) requesting the dismissal of RICO charges for all of the YSL co-defendants, including Thug (born Jeffery Williams).
In his motion, Thug’s lawyer argues that any accusations that occurred over five years before the arrest date are beyond the statute of limitations for a RICO charge and must be expunged from the indictment.
“In order to satisfy the crime of RICO conspiracy, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that at least one (1) overt act was committed in furtherance of the conspiracy within the Statute of Limitations,” states the motion.
“To satisfy the Statute of Limitations, the overt act must have occurred within five (5) years of the filing of the Bill of Indictment with the Clerk of Court.”
“Approximately overt act numbers 62 through 191 are alleged to have occurred on a date within five (5) years of May 9, 2022, the date of the original Bill of Indictment as well as the re- Indictment,” continues the motion.
“The re-indictment was filed with the Fulton County Clerk of Court on August 5, 2022.”
“Both the original Indictment as well as the re-Indictment have overt acts numbers 1 through approximately 61 with a date more than five (5) years before the return of the Indictment,” continues the motion.
“Since overt acts numbers 1 through about 61 are outside of the five (5) year Statute of Limitations, these overt acts cannot support a conviction of Mr. Williams or any of the accused since said overt acts are outside of the five (5) year Statute of Limitations.”
The motion concluded: “The inclusion of any overt act dated before approximately May, 2017, is other crime evidence barred by the applicable Statute of Limitations and is prejudicial to Mr. Williams and has no probative value.
Hence, same must be stricken from this Indictment pursuant to this Special Demurrer/Statute of Limitations Plea in Bar.
Young Thug and his attorney are seeking a hearing on the matter to strike the RICO statute from the indictment.
If they succeed, this could weaken the prosecutor’s case against Thug and the YSL co-defendants.