UA judge from the state of Georgia, Scott McAfee, accepted that Trump and 16 other defendants be tried separately from lawyers Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro, who had asked for a quick trial and therefore will have their hearings scheduled to begin on the 23rd of October.

Most of the 19 defendants involved in this case have sought to separate their cases from some or all of the others, with many claiming they will not be ready to defend themselves until October 23, when trials have been scheduled for two defendants who have already filed pleas. of quick judgment.

On Tuesday, Trump had renounced the right to request a speedy trial, in line with the efforts that the Republican Party’s primary election candidate has made in his other cases, seeking to delay the proceedings, to better prepare for a return to the White House. in the 2024 elections.

However, McAfee cited the existence of a tight schedule, among other issues, as a factor in his decision to separate Trump and 16 other defendants from Powell and Chesebro.

“The Court’s poor ability to safeguard the due process rights of each defendant and ensure adequate pretrial preparation in the current expedited process weighed heavily, if not decisively, on this decision,” the judge explained.

This decision will be welcome news for other defendants seeking to avoid being linked by prosecutors to Powell, who perhaps more than any other figure close to Trump defended the baseless conspiracy theories spread by the former President, who continues to claim that he presidential victory was stolen in 2020.

Another defendant in the Georgia case, former New York City Speaker and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, also seeks to distance himself from Powell.

Additionally, Trump-aligned attorney Eric Herschmann, who in 2020 attempted to resist efforts to overturn the election result, told a congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol that he considered the ideas Powell’s “crazy.”

The nearly 100-page indictment presents dozens of alleged acts by Trump or his collaborators and allies to overturn his 2020 defeat in that southern US state, including the suggestion that Georgia’s secretary of state, a Republican, could help to find enough votes for Trump to win that election.

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