A Fulton County deputy has been arrested in connection to a smuggling incident, which has caused the YSL trial in Georgia to take yet another bizarre turn.
According to WSB-TV, Akeiba Stanley was arrested and taken into custody on Friday (June 2) after she allegedly tried to smuggle things from a relative of defendant Christian Eppinger, as well as communicating with him on an illegally obtained cell phone and through Instagram.
Stanley was charged of “reckless conduct, violation of oath of office, conspiracy to commit a felony, and hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal,” the news outlet reported.
It is unclear when Stanley will be arraigned, or whether she had a prior relationship with the Eppinger or any other defendant in the YSL trial.
Young Thug is at the center of the infamous YSL trial. He is currently facing eight charges, including conspiracy to violate the RICO Act, two counts of involvement in criminal street gang activities, as well as several drug and firearm violations.
Jury selection for the case has been ongoing for more than five months as of the time of this writing, and not a single juror has yet been chosen.
Attorney Tom Church told Fox 5 Atlanta that throughout his years of legal work, he has never witnessed such a breakdown of justice.
“It’s descending into chaos, and every day seems to bring a new level of disorder,” he told the outlet. “Clearly, there’s been a breakdown here. We have attorneys getting arrested during these proceedings, having their computers seized. We have the judge who’s holding lawyers left and right in contempt.”
In April, a lawyer was taken into custody on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and bringing prescription drugs to court.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Anastasios Manettas, who is representing YSL defendant Miles Farley, attempted to enter the courtroom and upon doing a routine search of his bag around 10 a.m., officers discovered a bottle of prescription medication and immediately arrested him.
Manettas allegedly tossed his phone to a another attorney as the police surrounded him so that it wouldn’t be searched, but it missed and hit an officer instead.
The lawyer was thus charged with simple battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of pills not in their original container, obstruction and disrupting court proceedings.
Proceedings were halted on May 11 as Thugga (real name Jeffrey Williams) was rushed to a nearby hospital. “I know he’s had some difficulty of a similar sort at the Cobb County Jail a few months ago, and so I’m obviously concerned about his wellbeing,” his attorney, Keith Adams, told judge Ural Glanville.
“Mr. Williams is sleep deprived, mandated to wake up on court days between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. and not having more than five hours of sleep per night. By the end of the week, Mr. Williams is fighting to pay attention to the goings on in his case.”
As per medical privacy regulations, specifics concerning the illness of Young Thug were not disclosed to the masses. Nevertheless, Judge Glanville granted Adams the authority to visit his client in the hospital.
Before this most recent incident, the “Stoner” rapper’s attorneys requested the courts to release him on bond, claiming that the conditions in the prison were less-than-ideal. Their request was denied.
But on May 11, at 5:45 p.m. ET, Young Thug’s attorneys issued a statement stating that their client was now “fine” and ready to proceed with the trial.
“Jeffery was not feeling well earlier, and the sheriff’s office had him seen by medical personnel to ensure that he was okay,” Adams told Vulture in a statement. “We expect to be back in court tomorrow as we continue to fight these charges and work toward getting him home.”