Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and a few other defendants have been granted a pretrial delay in Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy case by the judge supervising Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis.
Let’s read the news and find out more.
Georgia Judge Grants Meadows, Other Defendants Pretrial Delays
Mark Meadows is trying to transfer his case to a federal court because he thinks the jury pool there will be more favorable to him than in Fulton County.
Trump initially thought about taking a similar action, but he has now chosen to leave the situation as it is.
A trial for the remaining defendants, including Trump, is set for August 2024. Four of the defendants have already accepted plea deals.
As per the Washington Examiner, Meadows, and the others were allowed to postpone their pretrial motions from January 8 to February 5 by an order issued last week by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.
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This order applies to Meadows, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, and former Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party David Shafer.
The ruling is made just before Meadows’ scheduled appearance on Friday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit concerning his attempt to move his case to federal court.
Meadows and others who wish to transfer their cases may think that the federal courts have a greater opportunity to get a more favorable jury pool that is not influenced by Fulton County’s Democratic leanings.
Furthermore, all Fulton County court proceedings are live-streamed. But if the case is transferred to federal court, it can’t be shown on television.
Meanwhile, Trump has decided to stay in McAfee’s court, defying expectations that he would also try to have his case transferred to a federal court.
Republicans in Georgia who believed that Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, is politically motivated called for the new commission to discipline or remove Willis from office for her prosecution of Trump and the others.
The commission was placed on hold earlier this month when the Georgia Supreme Court refused to adopt the guidelines for a new commission that would have the authority to punish and remove state prosecutors.
The justices wrote in an unsigned order, “If district attorneys exercise judicial power, our regulation of the exercise of that power may well be within our inherent power as the head of the Judicial Branch,”
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Adding, “But if district attorneys exercise only executive power, our regulation of the exercise of that power would likely be beyond the scope of our judicial power.”
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