Judge separates Trump’s Georgia election interference case, and 16 others, from trial that begins in October | ET REALITY

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Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell will be tried starting October 23.

September 14, 2023, 10:11

The judge overseeing the election interference case in Georgia dismissed the case and ordered that 17 defendants, including Donald Trump, will not be tried along with speedy trial defendants Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell on October 23.

Judge Scott McAfee said separating the remaining 17 defendants was “a procedural and logistical inevitability” and did not rule out the possibility that “additional divisions” may be required later.

The judge, however, said any defendant who does not waive his or her right to a speedy trial by Oct. 23 will be “immediately” entered into trial. Trump has already waived his speedy trial rights.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had been trying to have all 19 defendants in the case tried together, arguing that multiple trials would create “enormous tension” in the court.

McAfee, in his ruling, cited issues related to due process and the case’s voluminous discovery.

“The Court’s precarious ability to safeguard the due process rights and preparation of each defendant ensures adequate pretrial preparation under the current expedited track that significantly, if not decisively, favors compensation,” his order said.

The judge also raised numerous logistical concerns about a 19-person trial, saying the court “simply did not have a courtroom large enough to hold all 19 defendants.”

PHOTO: Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, in Fulton County Jail booking photos.

Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, in Fulton County Jail booking photos.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Trump and 18 others have pleaded not guilty to all charges in a sweeping racketeering indictment for alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state of Georgia.

The former president says his actions were not illegal and that the investigation is politically motivated.

The district attorney’s indictment accuses Chesebro of drafting a strategy to use so-called “alternative electors” to prevent Joe Biden from receiving 270 electoral votes, but his lawyers have argued that the action was justified since Chesebro, by working for Trump, “doing his duty to his client as a lawyer.”

Powell is accused of conspiring with other co-defendants to commit voter fraud by allegedly encouraging and assisting people to tamper with ballot markers and machines inside an elections office in Coffee County.

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