Fani Willis says Trump Georgia trial may not wrap up until 2025

 November 17, 2023

Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis admitted on Tuesday that the racketeering trial against former President and current 2024 candidate Donald Trump won't likely wrap up until after the election, possibly in early 2025.

“I think the case will be on appeals for years. But, I believe in that case, there will be a trial,” Willis said at an event hosted by The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I believe the trial will take many months. And I don’t expect that we will conclude until the winter [of 2024] or the very early part of 2025.”

The case alleges that Trump and 18 co-defendants conspired to overturn the 2020 election by installing their own electors who would vote to give Trump the state's votes.

Four of the co-defendants have cut deals to plead guilty to some of the charges and ostensibly will testify against Trump.

No official date

Willis has said she wants to begin in March 2024, but no official date has yet been set.

She may be forced to change her plans due to the many other cases against Trump, some of which have similar projected start dates.

The Georgia case includes 13 charges against Trump, including making false statements and violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act.

The RICO Act is meant to target organized crime, such as the Mob, not for the type of thing Willis alleges Trump did.

Delays are good

It may be important for Trump's electability that he not be convicted of any criminal charges before the election next November.

Polls have suggested that he may lose some support if he is convicted of a crime, even if he immediately appeals.

It's possible that a conviction may not have a major impact on support, however, if a large majority perceives it as unfair or politically motivated.

In any case, delaying all four of the criminal cases as much as possible certainly benefits Trump's prospects in 2024.

Other defendants have been able to delay their criminal cases for months or years without much effort, but partisan prosecutors have every motivation to prevent delays in their attempt to get a conviction before Americans vote.

Their eagerness gives credence to the idea that the prosecutions are attempts to influence the election, making them part of a "law war" against Trump which should not be allowed to happen.

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