Why Georgia Can’t Handle Prosecuting Trump

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(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, requested a judge to initiate the trial of ex-President Trump and 18 others concerning charges that claim they conspired to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. The proposed trial date is set for March, a mere six months from now.

However, according to legal specialists speaking to The Hill, such a swift timeline might be impractical due to the sheer scale of the trial, which is expected to face various hurdles before it even starts.

Emory University law professor, Kay Levine, expressed concerns, remarking, “The trial could devolve into a chaotic scene.”

Earlier in the week, charges were brought against Trump and 18 of his affiliates, which included his legal team, political consultants, and associates, based on Willis’s extensive investigation into Trump’s efforts to maintain his position after the 2020 election loss.

All the accused face charges under Georgia’s RICO Act. This allows the prosecutors to tie the actions of the various defendants into a single unified case. The focus of Willis’s investigation revolves around multiple strategies that are supposedly intended to counteract the results of Georgia’s election.

Willis indicated that while she doesn’t aim to be the first or last in prosecuting Trump, she wants to ensure the case proceeds swiftly.

Yet, Levine opined that the proposed six-month timeline is perhaps too ambitious. The need to align with every defendant’s availability might lead to multiple postponements. This is particularly true for Trump, who is concurrently involved in three other criminal trials while also gearing up for his 2024 presidential bid.

Notably, trial dates for Trump’s cases in New York and federal investigations are already scheduled for late March and May, while a proposed date in January awaits a judge’s confirmation.

Jeffrey Cohen of Boston College Law School observed that with the proposed trial dates, many will coincide with the presidential primary season. Cohen hopes that any trial scheduling would balance the public’s right to a swift trial with Trump’s right to engage in the primaries.

Historically, delaying court proceedings post-election has been a recurrent tactic employed by Trump’s legal representation. Caren Myers Morrison from Georgia State University predicts numerous legal motions will be filed by Trump’s team, encompassing requests for venue changes, dismissal appeals, and evidence privilege claims.

As per Willis’s recent statement, she intends to conduct the trial for all 19 defendants simultaneously. Considering this, the courtroom could be packed with over 50 individuals, presenting numerous logistical challenges.

This extensive number of defendants could potentially be advantageous for both the prosecution and the defense. Cohen believes that the sight of so many defendants could emphasize the scale of the purported criminal operation to the jury. Conversely, defense lawyers might attempt to distinguish their clients from the primary accused, potentially earning jury sympathy, as noted by Morrison.

Morrison also suggests dividing the case into smaller segments for better management. Yet, experts anticipate that not all 19 defendants will go to trial, with some possibly pleading guilty and assisting the authorities. Given the extensive nature of the charges, managing the entire trial process will undeniably be challenging, Levine concluded.

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