Why Is Young Thug's Lawyer Being Jailed in YSL Rico Case?

Brian Steel is a name that should be familiar to those who have been following the YSL RICO case.

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Young Thug’s attorney has been held in contempt, marking the latest development in a case that’s been the subject of intense scrutiny dating back to before the lengthy trial’s kickoff.

The moment, like others before it from across the months-long (and feared to go much longer) trial in Fulton County, has again placed the larger YSL RICO case back in the spotlight. But what, exactly, happened? And what happens next?

Below, we take a closer look.

Who is Brian Steel?

The name is likely familiar to you if you’ve been following the trial, though this is not the only high-profile case with which Steel’s been involved. The Georgia-based attorney’s legal career dates back to 1991, at which point he worked as an assistant public defender for Fulton County.

From there, Steel spent four years at the Wolfe & Steel Firm before landing at The Steel Law Firm, where he's a partner. In recent years, Steel has also made headlines in connection with his work for 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, and more.

What happened?

On Monday, June 7, Judge Ural Glanville held Steel in contempt after the attorney declined to reveal his source in connection with an alleged meeting involving prosecutors and the judge himself. Footage from the moment shows Steel removing his blazer after Glanville tells a nearby deputy to "take Mr. Steel into custody please." Ultimately, Steel was given 20 days behind bars, to be served on weekends.

What did the judge say?

In short, Glanville wanted Steel to identify his source, which he refused to do. Speaking with Steel and Keith Davis, another attorney for Thug, Glanville argued that they were "on very precarious ground." He also argued that Steel and Davis were trying to "extort the court." In the full contempt order, as seen below, Glanville states that Steel is being held in "direct criminal contempt" for not telling the court how he found out about the meeting in question.

Here is the order of contempt for Brian Steel. pic.twitter.com/QmOIIVP024

— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) June 11, 2024

What did Steel say?

"[Young Thug] does not wish to go forward without me being here," Steel said before being escorted out of court on Monday. "You’re removing me against his will, my will, and you’re taking away his right to counsel. You’re conducting material parts of this trial without me present and I can’t learn about it by watching online, and so for that reason additionally, I ask for a mistrial."

Per WSB-TV, Steel later asked if his sentence could be carried out alongside Thug in Cobb County.

What happens next?

Steel was back in court one day later. In a detailed report on the contempt incident, preeminent legal journalist Meghann Cuniff noted that Steel, as expected, is appealing the order and asking for bond.

When reached by Complex on Tuesday, a Fulton County rep said the office had "no comment" on what transpired with Steel. Complex has also reached out to Steel's office for additional comment. This story may be updated.

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