Fulton County DA Fani Willis' RICO case against Donald Trump and 18 codefendants is starting to have some challenges.
The purpose of a RICO case is to try everyone together to prove the conspiracy.
That will not be happening in the Georgia election fraud case, reported the New York Times.
So far, only two defendants have been severed, but Judge McAfee made it quite clear that he expects more.
Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell did not waive their right to a speedy trial, so they are set to start on October 23, but they are the only ones.
While they will be tried together, the other 17 defendants in the case, including Trump, will not.
McAfee also stated that more separations are likely in this case.
McAfee stated, “Additional divisions of these 17 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.”
He has stated that all motions must be filed by early December, so at the earliest, Trump's case would start in late December, which is unlikely, or early January.
I fully expect at least two more cases to be severed, that of Trump and Mark Meadows.
Trump's case is pretty obvious, as it is hard to imagine that McAfee would schedule Trump's trial to conflict with the other indictments that Trump is facing.
Mark Meadows is also likely to be severed. Meadows has appealed the decision against allowing him to move his case to a federal court.
His appeals process just started, so his trial should be delayed until that has played itself out, otherwise he could wind up being convicted while eventually winning an appeal down the road, which was the exact argument his attorneys made in having his case delayed.