Donald Trump Georgia Trial Anticipated to Last Four Months

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Prosecutors handling the racketeering case against Donald Trump in Georgia have projected that the trial will extend over four months and involve approximately 150 witnesses.

Former President Trump, alongside 18 co-defendants, faces charges linked to a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in the state. Although a trial date has not been finalized, prosecutors aim to commence proceedings on October 23.

All 19 defendants, including Trump, have vehemently denied any wrongdoing and have entered not guilty pleas.

During a court session on Wednesday, State Prosecutor Nathan Wade clarified that the estimated timeline does not factor in the time needed for jury selection, which could potentially prolong the process by several months.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee expressed his intention to make decisions regarding the trial’s schedule by either the end of the current week or early next week.

Furthermore, all 19 co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and waived their right to in-person arraignments initially scheduled for Wednesday.

During the same court session, Judge McAfee considered arguments concerning whether some of the defendants should have their cases separated from the broader racketeering, or Rico, case.

Attorneys representing Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell sought to have their clients’ charges severed. Sidney Powell, a former Trump lawyer, also requested an expedited trial, a constitutional right in the United States.

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However, Judge McAfee ruled against separating their cases, stating that he does not believe it is necessary to ensure a fair determination of guilt or innocence for either defendant.

He also cited that conducting two separate trials would inconvenience jurors and complicate scheduling.

In total, six defendants have sought to have their cases separated, including Donald Trump and former Georgia Republican chair David Shafer. Other defendants are pursuing the transfer of their cases to federal court, a decision that awaits a federal judge’s ruling.

The trial for Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell is scheduled to commence on October 23, aligning with the date district attorney Fani Willis seeks for the remaining 17 defendants.

However, Judge McAfee expressed reservations about trying all the defendants together in October, given the tight timeline, remarking that there is less than two months to resolve these complexities.

Chesebro’s attorney, Manubir Arora, argued that the expansive racketeering case would necessitate his client’s presence in court for “weeks, if not months” of testimony unrelated to his specific charges.

Additionally, Arora asserted that Sidney Powell, who famously vowed to “release the Kraken” after Trump’s electoral defeat, operated independently from Chesebro and was not connected to his case.

Following the court hearing, Scott Grubman, the second attorney for Kenneth Chesebro, accused the government of “weaponizing” the Rico statute to consolidate multiple conspiracies into one case.

Prosecutors allege that Donald Trump and his co-defendants were part of a multifaceted effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, culminating in a phone call where Trump pressured the state’s secretary of state to “recalculate” the vote tally.

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