Trials & Litigation
Why lawyers in Young Slime Life trial got a free lunch from strip club
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A defense lawyer in the Fulton County, Georgia, racketeering case against the Young Slime Life gang treated other lawyers in the criminal case to a lunch of chicken wings as a result of a judge’s order.
Chief Judge Ural Glanville ordered lawyer Suri Chadha Jimenez to supply lunch after holding him in contempt for being late to court last Tuesday, report the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV.
Glanville bought the wings from Magic City, described as an “iconic strip club” in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Although the club doesn’t open until 3 p.m., it was able to prepare lunch for Jimenez.
Jimenez said he was late because of another case in Cobb County, Georgia.
Among the 10 defendants expected to be tried together in the racketeering case is rapper Young Thug, who was taken to the hospital on Thursday and Friday after experiencing chest pains, according to WSBTV.
Glanville has imposed other unusual punishments to wayward defense lawyers and jurors. He ordered a potential juror who skipped a return court appearance to write a 30-page essay focusing on the history of jury service in Atlanta. And he ordered a different lawyer to write a 17-page research paper on the importance of professionalism after he left the courtroom without permission, according to the Journal-Constitution.
Prosecutors allege the RICO conspiracy involved murders, armed robberies and assaults. Young Thug is not accused of murder or attempted murder, but prosecutors allege he rented a car used in the murder of a rival gang member, by ABC News reported in January. He is also accused of co-founding the Young Slime Life gang. His lawyer told ABC that his client “committed no crime whatsoever.”
Twenty-eight people were indicted in the case last year. The state intended to try 13 defendants together, but two defendants will be tried separately because their lawyers are pregnant and will be taking maternity leave, the Brunswick News reported on May 2.
That left 11 defendants—until a judge granted a separate trial to a defendant after he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to Vibe, which cited information from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before his evaluation, the defendant told the judge he was receiving help from former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.
Eight defendants have accepted plea deals. The rest are being tried separately.
Jury selection in the joint trial began in January and is ongoing.