Judge scolds Fani Willis prosecutor for interrupting him: 'Have a seat'

 April 18, 2024

A top prosecutor working for Fani Willis got into a shouting match Wednesday with the judge overseeing the marathon gang trial of rapper Young Thug.

The dramatic blowup was the latest example of rank unprofessionalism in Willis' office, which is pursuing a controversial criminal case against Donald Trump.

Fani Willis prosecutor reprimanded

Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, was indicted in May 2022 along with 27 others for their involvement with the gang Young Slime Life, which is allegedly tied to the Bloods.

The rapper is facing charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is the same law that Willis used to charge Trump and several others over the 2020 election.

The Young Thug trial is moving at a glacial pace, and the judge all but lost his patience Wednesday with the unnecessary delays caused by the failure of the both parties to file motions on time.

Shouting match

A shouting match erupted when the lead prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Adriane Love, began talking back to the judge for excluding evidence the state wanted to introduce.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville reprimanded the prosecutor for failing to prepare, as the trial stretches past 60 days.

"Have a seat, madam. Have a seat. You better exclude that and next time, make sure you're prepared," he said. "I'm not going to do this anymore, I'm just not. We are starting right now."

Raising her voice, Love said she reached out to the defense to discuss the issue days earlier, but the judge was unmoved.

"I'm not punishing anybody," the judge said. "But prior preparation prevents poor performance."

Willis brings the drama

The judge threatened to hold the trial on weekends to make up for lost time.

The court drama was the latest embarrassment for Willis, who gave explosive testimony in February to a different Fulton County judge during her disqualification hearing.

Willis rambled about her preference in liquor and her experiences with men as she dismissed "lies" about her conduct in the Trump case.

Despite her unprofessional behavior and what Judge Scott McAfee called an "odor of mendacity" surrounding her affair with another prosecutor, Willis was permitted to stay on the Trump case.

One way or another, it's safe to say that Willis is no longer taken seriously by the American people.

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