Two defendants indicted in the Fulton County 2020 election interference racketeering case will stand trial on Oct. 23 after a judge dismissed their request to have their cases heard separately on Wednesday.
Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court ruled that defendants Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro face trial together in October
In a recently published article from Rough Draft Atlanta, McAfee said he disagreed with Powell and Chesebro’s attorneys, who stated their cases should be separated since the two co-defendants have never had any contact with each other and the circumstances underlying their felony charges are unconnected.
McAfee ordered Monday that Powell be tried on the originally planned Oct. 23 trial date for Chesebro, in response to Chesebro’s and Powell’s petitions for expedited trials. No trial date has been scheduled for the other defendants, while McAfee cited Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ ambitious plan of having Trump and the 18 co-defendants face trial at that time.
Prosecutors said that Chesebro and Powell were part of a larger conspiracy to illegally undermine Georgia’s electoral system, even though their methods differed
In a recently published article from Georgia Recorder, Chesebro’s attorney, Scott Grubman, stated that having the same jury hear the cases could taint both Chesebro and Powell’s cases, putting them at an unfair disadvantage in receiving a fair trial. McAfee dismissed the defense attorneys’ assertions that combining the two cases would cause confusion.
McAfee, on the other hand, warned Fulton prosecutors that a trial involving 19 defendants on Oct. 23 would be both logistically and legally difficult. A federal judge’s decision on whether former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and two other defendants’ charges should be transferred from state court may possibly derail the case. In legal documents, Trump’s attorneys claimed that creating an effective defense will take longer than the two months leading up to Oct. 23.