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Judge Reportedly Denies Gunna Bond, Sets 2023 Trial Date as Prosecutors Make ‘Command Position’ Claim

Written by on May 23, 2022

A judge has reportedly denied bond for Gunna and set a trial date for early next year.

According to reporter Jewel Wicker, who was at Monday’s hearing, Gunna’s trial date has been set for Jan. 9, 2023. As for the issue of bond, Gunna’s lawyer has the option of filing another motion in the future.

Per a report from Fox 5 Atlanta, Gunna entered a not guilty plea Monday on one count of allegedly violating Georgia racketeering law.  Prosecutors also alleged Gunna was “not just an associate” of YSL, describing him on Monday as both a “documented gang member” and someone who was in a “command position.” In denying bond, the judge claimed Gunna represents a “danger to witnesses and other folks tied to this.”

A bond ruling for Young Thug, meanwhile, has been delayed due to an unspecified “conflict of interest.”

Both Gunna and Young Thug were among those named in an 88-page RICO indictment this month. The 56-count indictment names 28 people in connection with charges including conspiracy to violate RICO, murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and more.

Amid news coverage of the indictment and subsequent arrests, criticism on how such cases contribute to the ongoing criminalization of lyrics has continued to build. Notably, lyrics and videos from Young Thug and Gunna (as well as other artists) are mentioned in the indictment.

A number of artists have also offered public messages of support following the indictment, including T.I. and Metro Boomin. The latter addressed the case in a series of tweets in which he pointed to the aforementioned criminalization of lyrics, as well as attempts from prosecutors to posit YSL as a gang.

“Using song lyrics to indict n****s is lame af and a joke,” Metro said earlier this month. “These the same lyrics that have made billions for these corporations over the past decade.”

Complex has reached out to reps for Gunna for comment on the latest developments.

Source: Complex


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