Appeals may stop most of Trump's criminal cases from finishing before November

 June 7, 2024

In a report put out on Thursday, ABC News looked at former President Donald Trump's options for appealing his recent conviction for falsifying business records.

While most observers believe it is unlikely that Trump's conviction will be reversed before voters go to the polls, the former president has used the appeal process to delay other cases. 

Appeals court to hear arguments over Fulton County district attorney

One example came this week, where according to Breitbart the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia announced it will hear arguments in October over whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should remain on Trump's racketeering case.

At issue is Willis' romantic relationship with fellow prosecutor Nathan Wade. While Judge Scott McAfee agreed that their connection created an "appearance of impropriety," he refused to disqualify the district attorney.

Washington Post contributor Amy Gardner pointed out in March that Trump's prosecution "would almost certainly be delayed if not scuttled altogether" if Willis is given the boot.

"It would fall to a state panel called the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia to identify a new prosecutor to take on the case," Gardner explained.

"That could take months or even years," she noted. What's more, Willis' replacement "would have sole discretion on whether to proceed with the case."

January 6 case delayed as Supreme Court weighs immunity arguments

The former president has also enjoyed success in delaying his trial in Washington, D.C. on charges stemming from the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

NBC News reported in April that the proceedings "unlikely to take place any time soon" as Supreme Court justices look at whether Trump enjoyed immunity for actions which took place within the scope of his official duties.

The network observed that whereas U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan had originally scheduled Trump's trial for early March, it is now unlikely to wrap up prior to November.

Judge in documents case will review legality of special counsel's appointment

Finally, Fox News reported last month that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon suspended the start date for Trump's trial on charges related to his handling of classified documents.

Cannon cited the "myriad and interconnected pre-trial" issues which made sticking with the prior schedule "imprudent and inconsistent with the Court's duty to fully and fairly consider the various pending pre-trial motions."

What's more, the judge revealed this week that she will consider whether the appointment of  Special Counsel Jack Smith was lawful.

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