In the YSL RICO case, one of Young Thug’s co-defendants has asked for a mistrial.
Gina Bernard, the lawyer representing Jayden Myrick, filed a move for mistrial on Tuesday (February 21), claiming that the public release of discovery materials had “violated” her client’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair and impartial jury.
However the motion didn’t mention any of the discovery materials, it cited information that was “disseminated on social media” on February 17 and claimed that this “clearly” violated a previously signed order prohibiting all parties from sharing discovery materials with any news media outlets, social media platforms, or other public forums.
Bernard was probably referring to a video of YSL associate Kenneth “Lil Woody” Copeland talking to police about Young Thug and other people after being arrested for firearms in October 2021.
The three-and-a-half-hour video clip showed Woody talking about an alleged murder plot that was allegedly planned by Thug and seemed to be directed at YFN Lucci’s crew member Shell Kel (actual name Kelvin Watts), a gang rival.
“While said evidence may not directly implicate my client, it along with all of the publicity and courtroom incidents since the start of this trial that have not been the result of any conduct of my client, Jayden Myrick, make it impossible for him to receive a fair trial, as well as a jury that is honestly and truly fair and impartial,” Bernard wrote.
Motion for mistrial in #YSL #YoungThug case. (1st reported by @InfamousSylvia).
Defendant Jayden Myrick aka SetTrip is requesting a mistrial due to discovery material being shared with “media…other public forms.” We believe this has to do with this: https://t.co/f5RngH3gk3 pic.twitter.com/BHBAWvTIs8
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) February 21, 2023
The YSL RICO trial in Fulton County, Georgia has been covered by Infamous Sylvia, who claims that Myrick’s demand for a mistrial was not discussed in court on Tuesday.
According to the initial indictment, Myrick, also known as SetTrip and Jayman, is accused of two counts of involvement in criminal street gang activities as well as two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a person who is jailed, and conspiracy to violate the RICO Act.
The motion for mistrial is just the latest twist in a trial.