Gunna’s lawyers speak out about the rapper’s RICO indictment

Gunna’s attorneys spoke out about the rapper’s recent RICO indictment.

After being named in a 28-person indictment including Young Thug earlier this week, rapper Gunna was taken into custody on Wednesday (May 11).

Gunna – whose real name is Sergio Kitchens – is charged, along with 27 others named in the 56-count indictment, with conspiring to violate Georgia’s Influential and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

The indictment revolves around the record label and YSL collective, allegedly founded by Thug – whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams – in 2012, which authorities say is a “street crime gang”. Part of the indictment was based on lyrics by Williams, Kitchens and other YSL associates and alleged social media posts as “acts of continuing the conspiracy”.

Among those lyrics was a passage from Williams and Kitchens’ collaboration ‘Slatty’, where the second raps: “I killed his man in front of his mother / Like fuck lil bruh, his sister and cousin. ”

Now, Gunna’s legal team has responded, describing the RICO indictment as “very questionable”.

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Gunna attends the 2022 MET Gala. Credit: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

In a new motion to seek release for Gunna in the form of a bond, lawyers say he has “no significant criminal history” and that he shouldn’t be locked up because of his lyrics. .

They said: “There is a serious problem that the state relies on lyrics as part of the allegations.

“These lyrics are the creative expression of an artist, not a literal retelling of events and circumstances. According to the state’s theory, any artist whose songs refer to violence could consider themselves the victim of a RICO indictment.

“The music videos referenced were not part of a RICO conspiracy but rather an entertainment that has enjoyed great national and international success,” his attorney argued.

They also pointed out that Gunna was only named in Count 1 in the 56-count indictment involving the 28 defendants.

They continued: “The allegations in the indictment, very thin to transparency, support Mr. Kitchens’ suggestion of binding. There are no allegations that he committed any acts of violence. There are no allegations that he ever sold any drugs. There is no allegation that he has ever committed any act related to obstruction of justice or interference with the administration of justice. There is no allegation that he committed any act that would suggest that he would be a flight risk, a danger to the public or a danger to any person.

“Some of the ‘public acts’ in the indictment referring to Mr. Kitchens primarily describe non-criminal conduct such as quoting lyrics. In fact, a large portion of the lyrics quoted were not written or performed by Mr. Kitchens,” they said.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the defense attorneys of Mr. Donald F. Samuel, John A. Garland and Kristen W. Novay said: “Mr. Sergio Kitchens, better known as Gunna, is innocent. The indictment falsely described his music as part of a criminal conspiracy. Mr. Kitchens, an entertainer and philanthropist, created the first local free school clothing and grocery store that feeds more than 400 children weekly and sponsored gift programs nationwide for victims of disasters and food shortages.

“Mr. Kitchens is a supporter of his community, and we are privileged to support him,” they added.

Williams was arrested on Monday (May 9) on two counts: conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and participation in street gang activity. The rapper’s attorney said Williams “has not committed any crime” and that he and his team will “fight this case ethically, legally and enthusiastically” to remove Williams’ name.

Since then, he has been charged with seven more counts.

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