Judge In Fani Willis’ RICO Case Hit With Shocking Allegations Of ‘Sabotage’


A Fulton County judge has been accused of giving preferential treatment to prosecutors with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, and on Tuesday the defendants’ attorney filed a motion accusing the judge of “sabotage” that one court observer equated to full-on nuclear war.

Willis’s sweeping RICO case against rapper Young Thug and the gang Young Slime Life he is alleged to control was hit with a devastating motion by Thug’s attorney Brian Steel, wherein he accused Judge Ural Glanville of favoritism and an “attempt to sabotage the defense.”

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“Judge Glanville must cease from any further contact with this case and another judge shall be assigned to hear this Motion to disqualify/recuse Judge Glanville,” the filing read according to Newsweek. “Judge Glanville cannot, in any way, oppose this Motion.”

The move comes one week after the judge held Steel in contempt of court for refusing to back down on asking about why Glanville held a secret meeting with prosecutors, a star witness, and the witness’s attorney about the case and did not alert him. Judge Glanville refused to explain what was discussed and ordered Steel to jail, a decision that is pending while the state Supreme Court considers an appeal. The bad blood between the two is more than evident based on Tuesday’s motion, according to Georgia-based criminal defense lawyer Andrew Fleischman.

“This would be an angry filing from anyone. From Steel, it’s nuclear,” he wrote on X. Anthony Michael Kreis, an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University, also reacted, “This is a motion you file from which there is no return. It’s blistering.” Legal analyst Tracy Pearson added that Steel’s motion will be hugely distracting for prosecutors. “This is not only a ‘noisy’ motion, but a ‘bullhorn in your face’ motion,” she wrote online.

“This court has falsely and wrongly accused Affiant, specifically Brian Steel, of being unprofessional and unprepared in front of the jury. Neither claim was close to the truth or was accurate,” Steel said in a sworn affidavit Monday. “The prosecutor sat silent as Affiant was wrongly and falsely accused of improper conduct. This court has violated every neutrality, impartiality that it was sworn to undertake.”

Defense attorneys added in the filing that they believe Judge Glanville and prosecutors within Willis’s office attempted to intimidate the witness, Kenneth Copeland, into testifying against the defendants.

“This court was a participant and was present during these admonitions/threats to Mr. Copeland. This is witness intimidation, coercion and the court has become a member of the prosecution team in assisting the prosecution to induce a material witness to testify,” the sworn affidavit reads.

So far, the only response from Judge Glanville has been a brief and icy one he delivered last week after Doug Weinstein, another defense attorney in the case, asked him, “Aren’t you interested in removing the cloud that’s hanging over the case right now?”

“I’d be very careful if I were you,” Glanville replied.

Defense attorneys may already have struck gold in May when they accused a Willis deputy of lying to the court about a transcript of video evidence introduced against the defendants. When Judge Glanville agreed that the transcript provided was not accurate, Willis’s deputy accused defense attorneys of attacking her on a “personal level.” The same prosecutor, Adriane Love, has already been reprimanded for getting into a shouting match with the judge back in April.

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