May 9, 2024

Legal experts say 'not a chance' Trump's Georgia case goes to trial before the 2024 election

Legal experts believe that it is unlikely that former President Donald Trump's Georgia case will make it to trial before the upcoming presidential election, Fox News reports

If these legal experts turn out to be correct, then this will be a huge blow to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) as well as to President Joe Biden and other Democrats.

This, of course, is because Willis and the others are hoping to get a criminal conviction of Trump before the presidential election in order to boost Biden's reelection chances.

But, now, it appears that such a conviction is unlikely - at least from this Georgia case.

The "why?"

To refresh your memory, this is the case in which Willis claims that Trump and his associates committed various crimes by attempting to challenge Georgia's results in the 2020 presidential election.

This is also the case that has been plagued by various scandals of Willis' own making. The most widely reported of the scandals is Willis' hiring of her lover, Attorney Nathan Wade, to prosecute Trump. Willis then paid him large sums of money which he, in part, used to take her on trips.

Despite the scandals, however, the case is still ongoing - albeit without Wade, who has stepped aside. And, just recently, there was a big development in the case.

Fox News separately reported:

The Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to review former President Donald Trump's application to appeal Judge Scott McAfee's ruling to keep embattled Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on the case.

Whether or not the appeals court will rule in Trump's favor is anyone's guess. But, the important bit, here, is that this appeal will delay the case making it more difficult for Willis to get that much-sought-after conviction of Trump before the presidential election.

Legal experts weigh in

Among those whom Fox has spoken with is John Malcolm, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta. Malcolm has expressed his belief that, now, there is "not a chance" that this case will make it to trial before November.

"Although the odds of the Georgia case coming to trial quickly were never very good, now that the Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to consider the recusal issue, there is not a chance the Georgia case is going to go to trial before the November election," Malcolm said.

Georgia State University law professor Anthony Kreis also spoke to Fox, and he predicted that the case probably will not go to trial until early 2025.

"Now that's a long period of time. We're basically looking into early 2025 potentially if the court puts it at the end of its docket. The Court of Appeals is a pretty busy court. And so, you know, maybe they want to take the [case] sooner, maybe they don't," Kreis said.

We'll have to see how this all plays out, but it is not looking good for Willis and the Democrats.

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