A Georgia judge has indicated allowing cameras in the courtroom during Trump’s 4th indictment trial.
Here are the details of the news.
Georgia Judge Could Allow Cameras In Courtroom For Trump’s Arraignment
A Georgia Judge may permit cameras in the courtroom for former President Donald Trump’s indictment hearings related to his 2020 election subversion case in the State.
On Monday, Trump and 18 others were indicted by an Atlanta grand jury for their alleged conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election loss in Georgia illegally.
The former President was charged with 13 counts, including violating the State’s racketeering act, soliciting a public official to violate their oath, conspiring to impersonate a public official, conspiring to commit forgery in the first degree, and conspiring to file false documents.
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However, Trump’s fourth indictment is different in the sense that the case proceedings could take place in courtrooms that allow cameras, enabling the public to watch the former President in the courtroom.
Over the news, David E. Hudson, general counsel for the Georgia Press Association, said, “I would expect it, absolutely.” He asserted that he could not recall a trial that had been closed to cameras in his 40 years of representing the State’s news media.
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Although the newly appointed judge in the Georgia case, Scott F. McAfee, has not yet commented on how the indictment will proceed, the presumption of televised arraignment comes from Georgia law that allows cameras in the state courtrooms and televising of the hearings as long as it does not hamper the proceedings or until a judge allows them.
Before the indictment on Monday morning, while overseeing the grand jury proceedings, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said, “If a grand jury presents an indictment, that’s usually in the afternoon, and you can film and photograph that.”
According to the report, “at least part of the indictment may be televised.”
In all the past indictments, no cameras were allowed inside the courtrooms. Trump’s first arraignment in his hush money probe was in New York, where audio-visual coverage of court proceedings is not authorized in any court.
Special Counsel Jack Smith brought two other indictments against Trump, one for discovering classified documents at the former President’s residence at Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida and the other for Trump’s 2020 election subversion conspiracy.
Trump has pleaded not guilty in all three cases and will likely do the same in Georgia.
His 4th indictment was brought out by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis due to her 2 years investigation into the former President’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results and stop Biden’s official victory proceedings in Georgia.
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The investigation was initiated after audio leaked from a January 2021 phone call in which Trump threatened Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to question the validity of ballots, especially in the heavily Democratic Atlanta area, and to arrange the voters to prevent his loss in the State.
The indictment states, “Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump.”
The indictment requires Trump and his co-defendants to surrender to Georgia authorities by noon on Friday, August 25, 2023.
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