Fulton County DA Fani Willis is doing everything she can to have all 19 defendants in her courtroom on October 23, reported the Washington Examiner.
Willis knows the best chance she has of winning her case is to try all the defendants together. If she does not get that, it will be harder to prove her RICO charges.
Citing efficiency and fairness, Willis made her argument to Judge Scott McAfee for a joint trial.
Try Them Together
Willis wants them all, including Trump, in the courtroom at the same time.
Well, sorry, Fani, but that is not going to happen.
On Thursday, it was announced that Judge McAfee denied the request to have everyone tried together.
In his ruling, Judge McAfee stated, “The Court joins the skepticism expressed by several federal courts that denying severance always ensures efficiency, especially in ‘mega trials’ such as this."
He added, “Additional divisions of the defendants may well be required. That is a decision for another day once the many anticipated pretrial motions have been resolved and a realistic trial date approaches."
This is a fairly significant decision, especially where Donald Trump and Mark Meadows are concerned.
Trump's legal team is facing down so many cases, there is no way they can be ready for this trial in less than two months.
As far as Meadows is concerned, he already has an appeal in the works to file for separation as well as having his case moved to a federal court instead of a Fulton County courtroom.
If the trial were to start on October 23, he could literally be convicted and sent to jail before his appeals ran their course.
Two defendants will be tried together. Both Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, in McAfee's opinion, did "not satisfy their burden" to sever the cases from each other.
This case entire case is going to be a hot mess, of that I have no doubt.