Trump's trial in Georgia is going to be televised

September 29, 2023

At least one of the criminal trials of former President Donald Trump is going to be televised. 

According to the Washington Examinerthe trial of Trump that is scheduled to take place in Fulton County, Georgia, is not only going to be televised but it is also going to be live-streamed.

This trial regards the criminal indictment that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) has brought against Trump and some 18 other individuals. Willis alleges that Trump and his associates committed various crimes when they attempted to challenge Georgia's result in the 2020 presidential election.

All defendants, including Trump, have pled not guilty to the charges. Trump not only maintains his innocence but he insists that Willis's prosecution of him is political in nature, that she - like the others - is trying to interfere with his 2024 presidential campaign.

The latest

One of the big questions in this particular case was whether or not Trump was going to try to get the case moved from state court, where it was filed by Willis, to a federal court.

Legal experts have made it clear that, under the law, Trump almost certainly would be able to get the case moved to federal court. So, the only question left was whether Trump and his legal team would pursue this strategy.

We now have the answer. In a filing that Trump submitted to the court on Thursday, Trump said that he "will NOT be seeking to remove his case to federal court."

"Why?" you may ask. Oftentimes, removal is sought because the defendant does not believe that he can get a fair trial in state court. Here, Trump chose not to remove the case because he believes that he can get a fair trial in state court.

The court document that Trump submitted on Thursday reads:

This decision is based on [Trump's] well-founded confidence that this Honorable Court intends to fully and completely protect his constitutional right to a fair trial and guarantee him due process of law throughout the prosecution of his case in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia.

What about the cameras?

One of the consequences of Trump's decision not to remove the case to federal court is that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the trial.

This is because the judge overseeing the case - Court Judge Scott McAfee - had previously decided the issue of whether or not to allow cameras in the courtroom.

"McAfee announced in August that all court proceedings in the sweeping election interference case will be livestreamed and televised," the Examiner reports.

If Trump had moved the case to federal court, however, it is highly unlikely that the case would have been televised.

According to CBS News, "This would be the first time cameras would be allowed to capture full proceedings in one of the four criminal cases brought against Trump this year."

 

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