Judge in Georgia rejects Fani Willis' aggressive trial timeline

 September 15, 2023

A judge in Georgia has ruled that Donald Trump will not go to trial in October, as the Democrat prosecutor Fani Willis wanted.

Judge Scott McAfee ruled that Trump, and 16 others, should be tried separately from two defendants going to trial in October, Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro.

The ruling scrambles Willis' plans to ram through a blatantly political show trial - and gives Trump's lawyers more time to prepare for the main event.

Fani Willis gets shut down....

The sweeping indictment accuses Trump and his "co-conspirators" of scheming to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, where Biden won by a razor-thin 10,000 votes.

The "criminal acts" comprising this "conspiracy" include Trump tweeting about election fraud and allies of Trump organizing alternate or so-called "fake" electors. Perhaps most chilling of all, the indictment charges Trump's lawyers for giving him legal advice.

Chesebro and Powell have been charged for organizing "fake electors" and breaching election equipment, respectively.

As of now, Trump has not received a trial date. But after Powell and Chesebro asked for speedy trials, Willis pounced and asked for all 19 defendants to be tried at the same time, in October.

McAfee rejected that extremely aggressive timeline, saying it was not feasible and would complicate the "Herculean task" before the court.

“The precarious ability of the Court to safeguard each defendant’s due process rights and ensure adequate pretrial preparation on the current accelerated track weighs heavily, if not decisively, in favor of severance,” he ordered.

Trump hails victory

On a more mundane level, McAfee observed that the court "simply contains no courtroom adequately large enough to hold all 19 defendants.”

McAfee also made note that trying all the defendants as a block could cause complications because some of them are trying to move their cases to federal court, something Trump has also signaled interest in doing.

Trump is also facing trials in New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida that promise to further disrupt his presidential campaign. The anti-Trump judge overseeing the case in D.C., Tanya Chutkan, set Trump's trial for a day before Super Tuesday, the most important date on the primary calendar.

Faced with such steep obstacles, Trump didn't hesitate to savor a victory Thursday following McAfee's ruling.

“Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ politically motivated, wrongful attempt to deny President Trump due process of law by arguing that no severances should be granted has been summarily squashed by the court,” a spokesperson for Trump said.

“Willis’ unjust rush to judgment in order to please her radical political base has simply failed."

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