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*UPDATE*: Georgia Judge Approves October 2023 Trial Date for One Trump Co-Defendant

*UPDATE*: Georgia Judge Approves October 2023 Trial Date for One Trump Co-Defendant

She wants to try to prosecute 19 defendants in less than two months. Good luck. It takes forever to put together a big case against one defendant.

UPDATE 5:37PM: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAffee approves of the October 2023 trial date for Kenneth John Chesebro. It does NOT apply to Trump or the other defendants:

A Georgia judge approved a rapid trial date for one of former President Donald Trump’s co-defendants in the Fulton County case related to the 2020 election.

Judge Scott McAfee ordered a trial date for Oct. 23 for Kenneth Chesebro, who filed a motion for a speedy trial. That leaves just two months for arraignment, evidence discovery, motions and pretrial conferences.

The Oct. 23 trial date, however, only applies to Chesebro. “At this time, these deadlines do not apply to any co-defendant,” Judge McAfee’s order states.

Chesebro faces seven charges, including a violation of the Georgia’s RICO Act—the Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act.

***Previous reporting…

Fulton County DA Fani Willis has requested an October 23, 2023, trial date for President Donald Trump and the other 18 defendants.

Willis wrote:

On August 14, 2023, the Fulton County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against Defendant Kenneth John Chesebro, among others, for various non capital felonies. The term of court in which this Indictment was returned was the July-August, 2023 term of the Superior Court ofFulton County, Atlanta Judicial Circuit. See O.C.G.A. § 15-6-3(3). Defendant Kenneth John Chesebro filed on August 23, 2023 a “DEMAND FOR SPEEDY TRIAL.”

Without waiving any objection as to the sufficiency of Defendant Kenneth John Chesebro’s filing, the State requests that this Court specially set the trial in this case to commence on October 23, 2023, which falls within the term of the “next succeeding regular court term” after the July-August, 2023 term of the Superior Court ofFulton County, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, as contemplated by

Chesebro, a Trump legal advisor, faces seven charges. He filed the speedy trial motion on Wednesday.

The trial had a March 4, 2024, start date. But maybe, and this is my opinion, Willis’s ego got the best of her and said, “Okay, you’re on, Chesebro.”

Except for one thing. That means the trial is less than two months away. This is a huge case.

I found an article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that shares my feelings:

The aggressive filing from Chesebro — the legal equivalent of throwing a bomb into the case — could create a massive headache for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and attorneys for the other 18 defendants in the case. It could force Willis to try Chesebro by the end of December and scuttle her plans to prosecute all 19 defendants together.

“State law, if requested by a defendant, sets a firm time limit in which to have a fair trial,” said attorney Scott Grubman, who is defending Chesebro with attorney Manny Arora. “Mr. Chesebro has given his official notice that he intends to avail himself of that right. Mr. Chesebro maintains his innocence and remains confident as the legal process continues.”

I wonder if Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAffee, the judge assigned to the case, will accept the proposal.


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SeiteiSouther | August 24, 2023 at 2:47 pm

She needs to get her ass out of the clouds. There’s no way for a 2023 trial. Defendants will move to continue and will have grounds to do so.

2smartforlibs | August 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

Not her call, that’s the defense side’s call.

I love it.. I hope they do set it for then. It will be a bigger circus and she will fall flat on her face trying to get ready for trial that quickly

Since Fani is indicting for alleged false statements about the 2020 election, the defendants need time to review the mail in ballots return addresses, the date of postmark to ascertain if the “voter” was even alive at the time the ballot was mailed. that takes time…..lots of time

    Azathoth in reply to MarkS. | August 25, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    It wouldn’t actually.

    Robert Barnes says they have all that from the election challenge case from Georgia that never got a hearing.

    It appears to be damning.

This is simply a demonstration of what we’ve been saying.

There’s no case here, and she knows it.

So she doesn’t CARE about putting together a case,

All she cares about is getting Orange Man in front of a Fulton County jury as fast as possible so she can get her automatic conviction. They’re too stupid and biased to care about little things like ‘evidence’ anyway.

    TargaGTS in reply to Olinser. | August 24, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    I think there’s more than a little truth to that. This case is laughably weak. But, if it survives a motion-to-dismiss and actually makes it to trial, the very best Trump et al. can hope for is a hung jury. because that’s the demographic reality of Fulton County…and this witch understands that better than most.

    In the same way the OJ verdict wasn’t a commentary on OJ’s guilt or innocence but instead, a verdict on ‘systemic racism,’ this trial will be decided precisely on political/racial grounds.

    amwick in reply to Olinser. | August 25, 2023 at 12:03 am

    It just takes one with half a brain.. just one.

As Giuliani said, when the winds change, may she face justice.

Is this the same Chesebro with over a hundred Supreme Court cases? The one who has already testified about his role in providing legal advice to the Trump campaign, advice specifically aimed at keeping the campaign within the boundaries of the law and Constitution?

If so, this could be a horrible wake-up call for the prosecutor. Providing legal advice to clients better not be illegal or all of DC would be locked up. (ok, most of them should be locked up, but not for this perfectly legal action)

When you’re running a Railroad you have to keep to the schedule.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 24, 2023 at 4:26 pm

I know very little about how courts and cases work, so, if this is ignorant, don’t pounce too hard.

What about discovery? Doesn’t a case like this require a lot of time for what will be a lot of documents and the like?

    Correct…so you would think they would want more time…but one of the defendants is requesting this and it is his constitutional right to do so.

    I’ve done defense work, although not in Georgia. Typically if in a multi-defendant case one or more defendant(s) requests a speedy trial under the Constitution, other defendants can file a motion for severance. This can work to their benefit, as it permits the severing party/parties an opportunity to see the prosecution’s case presented prior to their own trial. I imagine Mr. Trump will quickly file for severance.

    SeiteiSouther in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 25, 2023 at 11:40 am

    That’s exactly it. The prosecution has to hand over evidence and the defense gets to build case strategy. That takes time, October 19th is laughably delusional. I’ve dealt with USDCs on and off for nearly quarter of a century, and I’ve NEVER seen a case put to trial that quickly.

    And I’ve seen countless federal cases be continued on the eve of trial for numerous reasons.

    The fact ONE defendant got hooked for the 19th is surprising.

Just read on another site that the October trial date was granted, but as to Chesebro ONLY. Can someone confirm? And, if it’s true, what implications does that have? I would suppose that the other defendants, for example, couldn’t be called to testify? And what if Chesebro needs them to testify in his defense?

Am a lawyer, NOT a criminal lawyer.

    That is a very interesting question since, I suspect, the defendants won’t be permitted to discuss the case among themselves as a condition of their pre-trial release. If most of the other defendants file for severance, I imagine lots of 5th amendment answers if they’re subpoenaed to testify. Chesebro’s trial could be the most interesting of them all.

      TargaGTS in reply to RNJD. | August 24, 2023 at 6:30 pm

      I don’t believe any of the other co-conspirators will even make it to the stand. If subpoenaed, their lawyers will inform the judge of their client’s (obvious) intention to invoke and that will be that. In some instances, witnesses intending to invoke are required to actually take the stand and do just that. But, I believe indicted co-conspirators will not be.

Just like the elections, they seem to abuse the system at every chance they get.

The thing not to do is drag this out until next summer.

Marilyn Mosby is on trial atm

will Fat Azz Fani

This one will be interesting. Bringing charges against an Attorney for providing legal counsel that was, as far we know in public record, at worst novel by retroactively deciding to put the conduct in front of the grand jury (with an attention seeking weirdo/witch(?)/lefty/Karen as fore person and labeling it part of a ‘conspiracy’ is itself at least as novel. Sooner or later pushback for civil rights violations are coming for those pushing these Cray Cray indictments.

The single case will hopefully fall on its face and expose the farce for the rest of the defendants’ benefits.

thalesofmiletus | August 25, 2023 at 9:02 am

It shouldn’t take any time at all since there’s no actual case.