A judge on Thursday has now reportedly granted former President Donald J. Trump and 16 others a separate trial from two of their co-defendants, who will go to trial next month in the Georgia election interference case.
Two attorneys who helped Mr. Trump in his efforts to maintain power after losing the 2020 election, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, have been given an accelerated trial schedule by Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court.
In part to avoid the exorbitant cost of a more drawn-out court battle, the two had made use of their Georgia legal right to request a swift trial. On October 23, their trial is expected to start.
After a 2.5-year investigation into electoral meddling in the state, all 19 defendants were indicted in August in a massive racketeering case.
Several have petitioned to take the case to federal court, but those prospects were dimmed after a federal judge rejected a removal request from the first defendant to file one, Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff. He has filed a rebuttal to the judgment.
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