TT Trump Secures a Rare Victory in Georgia Election Case

Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell will have a trial on Oct. 23, but President Trump and 16 others will be tried later.

By Mimi Nguyen Ly

A judge ruled Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s Georgia election case won’t start in October.

The ruling (pdf) from Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court stated that the former president will be tried separately from and after the trials of two of his former attorneys, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, in the case.
No specific date has been set for President Trump’s trial in the case, where 19 defendants were criminally charged in August with violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, along with a laundry list of other charges, in their efforts to dispute the 2020 election results in Georgia.

Online records from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office showed President Trump was booked on 13 charges related to allegations that a strategy by several lawyers counseling President Trump to set up alternate groups of electors in multiple states, thereby postponing the electoral vote count, amounted to a criminal enterprise. All have pleaded not guilty.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had been pushing to try all 19 defendants together, arguing that it would be fairer and more efficient.

Judge McAfee cited logistical concerns and the pending legal issues in separating the trial of Mr. Chesebro and Ms. Powell from that of President Trump and the other 16 co-defendants.