An lawyer representing Jeffrey Clark within the Georgia case in opposition to former President Donald Trump is requesting the trial date be pushed again.
Clark, a former Justice Division official, was named as one of many 18 codefendants within the ongoing Georgia racketeering case.
His lawyer, Harry MacDougald, wrote in a court docket submitting Thursday that District Lawyer Fani Willis’ rushed schedule for the trial “may very well be interpreted as an try and stake out a spot on the head of the road of prosecutors searching for the ‘prize’ of attempting the previous President earlier than the 2024 presidential election.”
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Willis held a press convention late Monday after a Fulton County grand jury handed up prices, saying that she would love a trial to happen inside six months.
Within the indictment, the Fulton County district lawyer gave Trump and the opposite 18 codefendants till midday on Aug. 25 to give up to legislation enforcement.
“To our data, not one of many 19 defendants named within the indictment has been served with any warrant, taken into custody, had a primary look, or been arraigned, or waived arraignment,” MacDougald wrote within the Thursday objection.
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“Because the District Lawyer’s Workplace made no try and check with opposing counsel for any of the 19 Defendants earlier than submitting its Movement, it has no earthly concept whether or not any of the proposed dates match the calendars of any, a lot much less the entire dozens of busy attorneys who will likely be concerned in representing the Defendants,” the objection continued.
Clark is charged with one rely of racketeering and one rely of legal try and commit false statements.
Trump’s legal professionals are additionally searching for to droop the trial date, pushing to delay the case till April 2026.
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The steered date could be years after the Justice Division’s suggestion that the trial start Jan. 2, 2024.
In a submitting, Trump’s legal professionals say the yearslong delay is important each due to the unprecedented nature of the case and the “large” quantity of knowledge — 11.5 million pages — that they must assessment. They mentioned they must assessment about 100,000 pages per day with a view to meet the Justice Division’s proposed trial date.