Georgia Judge Rules Trump, 16 Others Will Be Tried Separately From Powell, Chesebro

The judge in the Georgia election interference case has decided that Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell will not be tried alongside Donald Trump and the other 16 co-defendants in the case.

“Defendants Chesebro and Powell will join each other at trial, however, the other 17 defendants are severed from these two. Additional severances may follow. All pretrial deadlines will proceed as scheduled without a stay of proceedings,” Judge Scott McAfee at the Superior Court of Fulton County wrote in a ruling issued on Thursday.The judge noted that the action was taken as a result of Chesebro and Powell exercising their right to a speedy trial.

The 18 other defendants in the case with Trump are also pursuing early defense strategies, which is quickly complicating the prosecution’s plan to hold a trial the following month.

District Attorney Fani Willis attempted to keep all of the co-defendants together for a single trial starting on October 23, but a number of ongoing legal maneuvers pose significant obstacles to Willis’s goal, which legal experts have referred to as extraordinarily ambitious.

Five defendants have so far sought to have their cases transferred to federal court, two have asked for a speedy trial, and the majority have sought to have their cases separated from those of co-defendants.

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Last week, Judge McAfee made light of the challenges of trying so many people simultaneously, The Washington Post reported.

“It just seems a bit unrealistic to think that we can handle all 19 in 40-something days,” he said.

In all four of his criminal cases, Trump has attempted to push back the trial dates. The recent maneuvering raises the possibility that a trial won’t be held until after the November 2024 election, despite the fact that the Georgia charges are not subject to a presidential pardon.

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