Judge Deliberates Trial Postponement in Former President’s Classified-Documents Case

Judge Deliberates Trial Postponement in Former President’s Classified-Documents Case

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the classified-documents case involving the former president in Florida, has temporarily halted all litigation related to the materials attached to Trump’s indictment. The judge is considering whether to postpone the trial altogether. The defense team for the former president requested a delay until after the 2024 presidential election, and Judge Cannon filed an order on Friday to address this request.

The trial is currently scheduled for May 20, and Trump is facing 40 felony charges, including 32 counts of willful retention of national defense information. These charges stem from the Department of Justice’s investigation into classified materials discovered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Judge Cannon’s order pertains to pre-trial deadlines set for October, which involve reviewing how the classified materials will be handled by Trump and his attorneys. Under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), the Special Counsel has requested hearings to determine which sensitive materials can be used and made public during the trial.

Judge Cannon has faced doubts regarding her impartiality in presiding over the former president’s prosecution. An appeals court previously criticized her handling of a request from Trump to block the DOJ from using the documents recovered at Mar-a-Lago for their investigation. Legal experts have also expressed concerns about her experience in handling such a significant case.

Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe and former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance have criticized Judge Cannon’s latest order, suggesting bias in favor of Trump. However, Chris Kise, Trump’s lead attorney in the case, declined to comment on Cannon’s order.

Trump’s defense team filed a motion claiming delays in obtaining access to classified records cited in the indictment, making it impossible to adequately prepare for trial on the current schedule. Federal prosecutors acknowledged a slightly longer timeframe than anticipated in the case and supported a short extension. However, the prosecutor’s office opposed a delay to the entire pre-trial schedule.

Author: CrimeDoor

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