A Trump’s decision comes as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced that she will seek to bring the former president to trial starting next month at the same time as all 18 other defendants involved in this case.
Most defendants have sought to separate their cases from some or all of the others, with many claiming they will not be ready to plead until October 23, when trial has been scheduled for two defendants who have already filed speedy trial requests.
This waiver of request by Trump is in line with the efforts that the re-candidate for the primary elections for the Republican Party has made in his other cases, seeking to delay the procedures, to better prepare a return to the White House in the 2024 elections.
In addition to this case in Georgia, Trump faces prosecution in a state case in New York, as well as federal cases in Washington and Florida.
The waiver of a speedy trial – which a Trump lawyer said was filed on Tuesday – comes in the wake of a petition filed by Willis’ office that all defendants should be tried together for reasons of efficiency and justice.
Prosecutors say holding several lengthy trials rather than one that begins Oct. 23 would “create enormous pressure on the court’s judicial resources” and favor defendants being tried later because they would have the advantage of seeing the prosecution’s evidence and arguments before being judged.
Under Georgia law, any defendant who files a motion for a speedy trial has the right to have the trial begin within the court’s deadline when the motion is filed or the next court deadline.
Meanwhile, five of the 19 defendants are trying to have their cases heard in federal courts rather than state courts.
Among them is Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who argued that his accusations relate to situations within the scope of his duties as a federal employee.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones last week rejected Meadows’ arguments and sent his case back to Fulton County Superior Court.
The other four defendants trying to take their cases to federal court — former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark and three fake voters — have hearings scheduled for next week.
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