Fulton County prosecutor accused of 'lying to the court' about alleged evidence in Young Thug racketeering trial

 May 1, 2024

Georgia's Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' prosecution of former President Donald Trump is not the only high-profile racketeering case she is pursuing, as her office is also seeking to convict and imprison Atlanta rapper Young Thug and dozens of co-defendants on a host of gang-related criminal charges.

During the lengthy and ongoing trial last week, one of the rapper's defense attorneys accused the lead prosecutor in the case of lying to the judge so that he would reconsider a prior ruling to exclude a video clip as evidence, Newsweek reported.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Adriene Love, was alleged to have been "disingenuous" and made "misrepresentations" to the court about what could be heard in the audio content of a 17-second video, which prompted a reminder from the judge that "candor" was required at all times in his courtroom.

Defense attorney says prosecutor was "lying to the court" about alleged evidence

Keith Adams, a defense attorney for Young Thug, real name Jeffrey Williams, objected to how ADA Love had asked Judge Ural Glanville to reconsider his decision to not admit the video clip -- the exact context of which is not entirely clear -- as evidence in the trial.

Love had told the judge that voices in the background could only be heard saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah," but Adams pointed out that several other phrases were audible, including several remarks about "snitching" and telling lies to implicate others in alleged wrongdoing.

"What I found objectionable, and what I want the court to address with the state, is what happened at the bench earlier," Adams said about the prior discussion about the video clip, during which he accused Love of making "misrepresentations" about the video's content.

He asserted that what Love told the judge about the video "was not accurate. And I'm gonna be charitable and say that she was -- she was disingenuous."

Adams further referenced prior admonishments from the judge about the need for "candor" in the courtroom and said, "If she wins the motion, ultimately, she wins. But you don't do it standing there, three feet from you, in your face, and lying to the court. And that's what she did, she knew what she was doing and it's not right."

Judge chides prosecutor for not being completely honest about the video's content

Once Adams was finished voicing his objection, ADA Love approached the podium and began to attempt to defend herself, only to be cut off by Judge Glanville almost immediately as he said, "What you did tell me, Ms. Love, wasn't the entirety of what was purportedly on [the video.] It did have other statements on it. It's different if you had told me, 'Judge, there's statements on there. Probably need to listen for yourself.' Not just 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.'"

Love then tried to accuse the defense attorneys of also lying as she insisted that she was always "candid" with the court. She further claimed that she hadn't caught the other statements heard in the video she initially listened to it.

The prosecutor also alleged that the defense's objections were "not true motions or requests based on legal analyses but more leveled specifically on a personal level, which I have attempted to stay away from."

Judge lectures both sides on importance of being "candid" with the court

In response, Newsweek reported that Judge Glanville launched into a lengthy lecture for both sides of the trial about the limits of "zealous advocacy" and the need for "candor" and honesty in his courtroom.

"What I am going to just advise everyone to kind of relook is -- what you tell each other, what you tell me, because there have been times where I have not received, I would consider, what is accurate information -- let me just put it that way," he said. "And I'm not trying to attribute dishonesty to any party, but I have to rely -- all courts have to rely upon counsel for their representation, so if you can't remember what it is, just tell me that."

According to Atlanta News First, this is just the latest admonishment from the judge against the attorneys on both sides of the case, as he has previously ripped them for excessive delays, not working cooperatively on filing motions and responses, being unprepared, and arriving late to court in the mornings, among other things.

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