Jury selection is set to begin as planned on Friday in the trial of co-defendants Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell. The two lawyers, who are known for their support of former President Donald Trump, are the first to go to trial among the 19 defendants. Chesebro is accused of involvement in a fake electors plot, while Powell faces charges related to the breach of the Coffee County voting system.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee denied eight motions from Chesebro and Powell, rejecting their attempts to have the charges thrown out. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty. In an 18-page ruling, McAfee stated that the indictment contains the necessary elements of each offense and adequately informs the defendants of what they must be prepared to face at trial.
Approximately 900 residents of Fulton County have been summoned for the jury selection process. The judge has informed potential jurors that the trial is expected to last around five months. It is worth noting that the trial will coincide with the opening months of the 2024 GOP primaries, including significant events such as the Iowa caucuses, Super Tuesday, and the Georgia primary.