Read the RICO charges facing Young Thug

Jeffery Williams is facing multiple charges, including under Georgia’s Racketeering law
Here's how the RICO Act is being used in the Young Thug trial.
Published: Jan. 6, 2023 at 3:00 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 at 3:47 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Jeffery Williams, the rapper known as Young Thug, is facing eight criminal counts under a federal law that was originally enacted to fight organized crime.

The federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law was passed and signed into law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it allows prosecutors to link apparently unrelated crimes with a common objective into a prosecutable pattern of racketeering.

RICO also provides for more severe penalties and permits a defendant to be convicted and separately punished for the underlying crimes that constitute a racketeering pattern.

Georgia is one of 33 states that has its own RICO law, but in the Peach State, the alleged criminal enterprises do not have to have existed as long as the federal law.

Under the Fulton County grand jury indictment, Williams is charged with participation in a criminal street gang activity.


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