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 The judge overseeing the criminal racketeering case against Young Thug ordered the Atlanta rapper’s lead attorney to be taken into custody Monday and held in contempt after he accused the judge and prosecutors of an improper meeting with a key witness in the case.

Brian Steel, a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney, was escorted from the courtroom by Fulton County sheriff’s deputies after he confronted Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville about a private meeting the judge and prosecutors held Monday morning with Kenneth Copeland, an alleged associate of Young Thug and star witness in the gang conspiracy case.

Approaching the lectern after an afternoon break, Steel told the judge that an unnamed source had provided him details of the meeting between Glanville, prosecutors and Copeland, a sworn witness who was jailed Friday for contempt after he refused to testify in the case.

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