Former President Donald Trump is at the center of several civil and criminal trials across the country. In Fulton County, a grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump and 18 others on charges of racketeering tied to their alleged attempts to overturn the most recent presidential election. Two of the co-defendants listed in the indictment, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, will begin trial in October. However, Trump and several others have waived their right to a speedy trial and are working to be tried apart from their co-defendants. In response to this plan of action, Fulton County District Attorney has publicly reaffirmed her desire to have all 19 individuals tried together in a speedy trial beginning October 23, 2023.
“The State maintains that all the defendants shall be tried together,” Willis said.
“The RICO conspiracy charge ensures any trial would share the same evidence and witnesses.”
Willis has reportedly told Superior Judge Scott McAfee that “no court has forbid holding all the trials together and the logistics would be easier to try all the defendants at once rather than in several trials.” Despite her pleas to McAfee, he has not set a trial date for Trump or the remaining 16 co-defendants.
“The State is capable of trying large and complex cases,” Willis doubled down.
While Trump’s trial in Fulton County won’t start in October, that doesn’t mean he won’t be spending any time in a courtroom prior to the upcoming election. On March 4, 2023, an election interference trial involving the former reality show host is set to begin in Washington, D.C. Three weeks later, Trump will be the focus of a trial in New York involving “hush money” payments and Stormy Daniels.