Fulton County District Attorney Requests Expedited Trials for Defendants in Racketeering Case

Fulton County District Attorney Requests Expedited Trials for Defendants in Racketeering Case

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested expedited trials for all 19 defendants charged in a racketeering case related to interference in Georgia’s 2020 election. This comes after defendant Kenneth Chesebro demanded a speedy trial, prompting Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee to set his trial date for October 23, four months earlier than originally proposed. However, McAfee’s ruling only applies to Chesebro at this time.

Willis has pushed back against this decision and filed a request to set aside the Case Specific Scheduling Order, arguing that the deadlines should apply to all co-defendants. Georgia’s speedy trial rules require the cases to be tried within two court terms following arraignments. The arraignments for all defendants are scheduled for September 6.

Former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell has also demanded a speedy trial, but no trial date has yet been set for her case. Powell pleaded not guilty to all charges and waived her arraignment, which may impact the timeline of her case.

Willis maintains her position that all defendants should be tried together and has requested the court to set a deadline for defendants wishing to sever their cases. This would allow time for the parties to brief the issue and hold a hearing on it.

The defendants, including former President Donald Trump, face a total of 41 charges alleging their involvement in a criminal enterprise to undermine the state’s election results. If Willis’s request is approved, this trial could be the first that Trump will face. He currently has two trials scheduled for March and another for May in separate criminal matters.

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