Washington, Sep 14 (EFE).- A Georgia judge ruled Thursday that former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and 16 other defendants in the election tampering case will not have go on trial in October.
The decision is a setback for the prosecution that wanted the 19 defendants to be tried together in an attempt to prove that they were part of a conspiracy to manipulate the results of the 2020 election in that state, in which Trump lost by a narrow margin to current president, Joe Biden.
In a court document, Scott McAfee, one of the judges of the superior court of Fulton County (Georgia), determined that on October 23 will take place the speedy trial that had been requested by Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, two of the lawyers of Trump’s 2020 election campaign and accused of spreading false information about the elections.
Trump and the other 16 defendants asked to be tried separately from Chesebro and Powell, arguing that they could not be ready for a trial on Oct. 23.
The magistrate granted those requests and argued that his decision was merely “procedural” and served logistical reasons to make the proceedings more manageable.
Trump, seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election, pleaded not guilty on Aug. 31 to all 13 charges against him in Georgia.
Trump is the first former president in US history to be indicted and already has registered four criminal cases.
In addition to Georgia, he faces a trial in New York for irregular payments he made during the 2016 campaign to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels for an “affair” they had in the past.
Likewise, he faces justice in Florida for having taken classified papers to his Mar-a-Lago mansion when he left the White House in January 2021 and, finally, he must answer in Washington for the 2021 assault on the Capitol, in which his supporters tried to disrupt the legislative process to certify Biden’s victory in 2020. EFE