Gunna again refused bail | Complete music update
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By Chris Cooke | Posted on Friday, October 14, 2022
A US judge has once again refused to grant rapper Gunna bail as he awaits trial next January on gang-related charges.
Gunna and fellow rapper Young Thug were both charged, along with 26 others, in the US state of Georgia in May. They are all accused of being involved in a gang called Young Slime Life who allegedly committed murders, shootings and carjackings.
Gunna and Young Thug – who deny the charges against them – have worked hard to secure bail while awaiting trial, but so far without success. Prosecutors say allowing the rappers out of jail could lead to witness intimidation. And seeking to substantiate that concern about Gunna, they claimed that one of the other defendants in the case said he would be willing to ‘punch’ someone on the rapper’s behalf.
According to Billboard, Gunna’s legal representative, Steven Sadow, argued in court this week that such unverified “proposals” by the prosecution have been repeatedly refuted and therefore the judge should be very “skeptical” to with regard to such assertions.
However, Judge Ural Glanville said he shared concerns about possible witness intimidation and that those concerns had yet to be allayed by the defence.
The ongoing criminal case against Gunna and Young Thug has proven controversial, of course, as the prosecution is using the two rappers’ creative output as evidence against them.
The use of lyrics and music videos as evidence in criminal cases has become increasingly controversial in recent years, due to concerns about bias, with jurors more likely to assume rap lyrics are grounded in reality. , while lyrics of other genres are considered fictional.