Judge Rejects Separate Trials for Trump Lawyers

(LibertySociety.com) – In the weeks since Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis indicted former President Trump and 18 others, a multitude of filings have been submitted to the court. Several defendants have requested their cases be moved from Georgia state court to a federal court and others have asked the judge to sever their cases from each other.

Attorney-defendants Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell requested a speedy trial, which was honored by Judge Willis. She requested their trial dates to be moved up from March 4, 2024, to October 23, but Chesebro filed a request to be tried separately from Powell. In the filing, his attorney argued that Chesebro was not tied to any actions taken by Powell and did not want to be associated with them.

To Chesbro’s dismay, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee denied the request. During a September 6 court hearing, Judge McAfee said that severing their cases is not “necessary to achieve a fair determination of guilt or innocence for either defendant.” Both defendants face seven charges, including allegedly violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of Georgia. Chesbro’s attorney argued that the 19 emails and one in-person meeting that Chesbro participated in were within his role as an attorney. The indictment alleges that he was the “architect of the Trump elector scheme.”

Chesbro’s attorney also noted that he had never personally communicated with Powell and made clear that Powell’s claim about voting machine tabulator manipulation was not related to Chesbro’s work. He argued that the state of Georgia would attempt to associate his client with Powell’s charges, which could result in an unjust conviction.

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, and three others have filed for their cases to be moved to federal court. On September 8, a release of the full report from the grand jury revealed that the body voted to indict several other participants in the alleged scheme, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Willis declined to seek charges against those individuals.

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