Trying 19 people TOGETHER was NEVER gonna work even though Fulton County DA Fani Willis promised to do so…
It just wouldn’t work….
The judge has started to break things into parts…..
Trump gets a break on his trial date….
The Fulton County judge overseeing the sprawling election interference probe on Thursday split the case’s 19 defendants into two groups, saving former President Donald Trump from going to trial in Georgia in October.
Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ruled that 17 of the defendants would be split off — or severed, in legal parlance — from Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, who have demanded speedy trials and are set to be tried on Oct. 23….
The ruling is a blow to the Fulton District Attorney’s office, which argued in favor of keeping all 19 defendants together. In a court filing earlier this week, DA Fani Willis said trying defendants in multiple groups would create a “logistical quagmire” for courthouse staff, witnesses and jurors and that judicial efficiency merited trying the group together.
McAfee, meanwhile, voiced concerns about the logistics of holding a “mega-trial.”
“The Fulton County Courthouse simply contains no courtroom adequately large enough to hold all 19 defendants, their multiple attorneys and support staff, the sheriff’s deputies, court personnel, and the State’s prosecutorial team. Relocating to another larger venue raises security concerns that cannot be rapidly addressed,” he said.
McAfee worried that holding a trial with such a large group of defendants would lead to a lengthy trial. (The DA’s office has estimated the case will take roughly four months to try, excluding jury selection, and that it plans to call some 150 witnesses.)…