Former President Donald Trump was recently arrested and formally booked into the Fulton County jail in Georgia. Though released on a $200,000 bond, a trial date has been set for October 23rd for one of the 19 defendants involved in the case.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this ruling was made by Judge Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior Court.
The outlet noted: “In a day of fast-moving developments, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis proposed the new, aggressive start date for the 41-count racketeering trial in response to Kenneth Chesebro’s motion seeking a speedy trial. Judge Scott McAfee weighed in a few hours later, setting the trial date Willis wanted but ruling it would apply only to Chesebro, a Trump-affiliated attorney who was indicted for his work helping assemble a slate of “alternate” Republican electors in Georgia. McAfee scheduled Chesebro’s arraignment for Sept. 6, ordered most pretrial motions to be filed by Sept. 27, and scheduled a pretrial conference for Sept. 29.”
“Due to the defendant’s timely demand for speedy trial … scheduling will occur on an expedited timeline,” McAfee wrote. “At this time, these deadlines do not apply to any co-defendant.”
Despite recently appointed attorney Steve Sadow’s motion to separate the case of former President Donald Trump from that of Chesebro’s, Scott Grubman, one of Chesebro’s attorneys, has said that his client “will be prepared to move forward with trial on whatever date the court ultimately sets,” according to the AJC.
The motion requested by Sadow further asked McAfee to schedule a conference at the earliest convenience to address the district attorney’s motions and establish a trial date.
Georgia law states that any request for a speedy trial must bring a case to trial within two court terms and in Fulton County, each term is two months long – with July being the start of this current term which is scheduled to end on August 31st.
“But there are other complicating factors. One is that there are three defendants moving to transfer their cases out of Fulton County Superior Court to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, and a number of legal experts say if one defendant is removed the other 18 would follow. And even more defendants, such as Trump, are expected to file similar motions,” the AJC reported.
President Trump revealed to Fox News in an interview that Georgia officials “insisted” he have a mugshot taken Thursday night during processing at the Fulton County Jail.
Trump, who is currently seen as the 2024 Republican front-runner, stated that it was “not a comfortable feeling—especially when you’ve done nothing wrong.”
According to Fox News, Trump had voluntarily turned himself into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia following charges from District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into his alleged attempts to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state.
“This is all about election interference,” Trump said. “It all comes through Washington and the DOJ and Crooked Joe Biden — nothing like this has ever happened in our country before.”
Trump said the United States is “doing horribly, but now, it is doing worse because we have become a Third World country.”
Donald Trump was granted a bail of $200,000 and swiftly processed and released Thursday evening.
His formal arraignment is anticipated to take place in early September, where he will likely plead not guilty to the charges—which include one count of breaking the Georgia RICO Act as well as six counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of criminal solicitation, one count of filing false documents, and two counts of making false statements.