YSL lawyer arrested for ordering drugs in court
An attorney defending one of YSL’s defendants was arraigned in court Thursday morning, following a chaotic couple of days for the RICO cases — which are still in the jury selection process.
Criminal defense attorney Anastasia Manettas was reportedly arrested after he tried to enter an Atlanta courtroom with his prescription drugs on his person and without the prescription container.
One of Anastasios’ colleagues sent me this photo of him in handcuffs. pic.twitter.com/fZgXTKnHsg
— Shaddi Abusaid (@ShaddiAbusaid) April 20, 2023
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Manettas, legal representative for Young Slime Life member Miles Farleywho was hand reported and had to go through a security check.
According to the Atlanta Journal – Constitution, Sheriff Patrick Labat says Manettas threw his phone at him. However, the lawyer Suri Chadha Jimenez says that the phone accidentally hit the sheriff after Manettas threw it at a colleague during an arrest.
However, the entire incident resulted in the following charges: simple battery of a law enforcement officer, possession of pills not in their original container, obstruction of justice, and violation of court proceedings.
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Thirteen defendants, including a rapper Young gave, accused of running his YSL record label as a street gang. The initial number of defendants in the gang and racism trial was 14, including Miles.
But on Thursday, Chief Justice Ural Glanville announced that Farley’s case was “separated” – meaning it would be tried separately.
Lawyer’s arrest comes a day after chaotic scene in court where several people were on their laps
Manettas’ arrest comes a day after another chaotic scene in court, where at least three people were handcuffed after a verbal altercation inside the courtroom. Those who were handcuffed were seen leaving the courtroom.
On Thursday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that the investigation was initiated by the discovery of marijuana by defendant Rodalius Ryan.
The trial is entering its fourth month of jury selection, and lawyers predict that the jury selection process could easily continue through the summer.
Manettas previously told 11Alive about the drawn-out jury selection process:
“It started very quickly, as far as the pre-trial aspects,” Manettas said. “But now this jury selection has already been the longest in Georgia history, and I don’t know if we’re halfway done or not.”
Also Congratulations to our in-house consultant Anastasios Manettas who is now a registered sports agent. * Pictured below with his new client and NFL recruit Mr. Donnell “Paco” Bonds. Anastasios is also a founding member of D4C and instrumental in the legal work of the 501(c)(3) pic.twitter.com/shD44ZOi0c
— Gary DuBose (@BoseGary) March 17, 2019
Judges and lawyers believe the jury selection phase could run through the summer
Manettas said that since January, hundreds of people have been questioned about medical, financial or caregiver conflicts.
The judge in charge of the case also said that the current level of hardship could last through the summer.
“At that point, the individual phase will begin where each of the 14 defense teams and the state are allowed to ask the jurors who survived the hardship phase anything we want about the answers in the questionnaire, which has 258 questions,” Manettas said.
Disorder: Anastasios Manettas, a lawyer defending one of YSL’s defendants, was arrested in court after trying to smuggle prescription pills at a security checkpoint https:// t.co/GVfPMnRhmB
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“Nobody was questioned about the questionnaire or their individual biases, or about the issue in the media. It is only hardship so far. No one is studied by themselves. “
Legal experts predict that a lawsuit will take months, costing millions of dollars to pursue
Manettas went on to say that a special trial hearing could begin a month later to work down the jury pool. However, many legal experts predict that the trial would take months and cost millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, at least one defense attorney, Angela D’Williams – who represents Ryan – has filed a motion seeking to withdraw from the case, according to 11 Live. D’Williams cites the length of litigation and the work required for lawyers working under public defense contracts.