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Georgia Court Hits Pause On Trump's Trial, No Courtroom Action Until Election 2024

The Georgia Court of Appeals has issued a ruling to pause former President Donald Trump’s election interference case, ensuring the trial will not commence until after the 2024 Presidential election. This decision comes as the court addresses Trump’s appeal to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the case. The pause follows an appeal […]

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The Georgia Court of Appeals has issued a ruling to pause former President Donald Trump’s election interference case, ensuring the trial will not commence until after the 2024 Presidential election. This decision comes as the court addresses Trump’s appeal to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the case.

The pause follows an appeal from Trump and several co-defendants seeking to remove Willis from the prosecution due to her relationship with a top prosecutor. Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled for October, indicating that the trial will likely be delayed until after the election, where Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

The ruling comes amid a contentious legal battle, with the former president and his allies accused of attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The appeals court’s stay is part of its review of alleged conflicts of interest involving Willis and then-special prosecutor Nathan Wade. Both Willis and Wade defended their professional relationship in previous hearings. Judge Scott McAfee allowed Willis to remain on the case if Wade resigned, which he did. However, Trump and his co-defendants have pushed for further review.

Ashleigh Merchant, representing Trump campaign operative Michael Roman, praised the court’s decision. “We are happy that the Court of Appeals agrees with us that this issue is so important to this entire case,” Merchant said, expressing hope that a disinterested prosecutor will take over.

This development adds another layer to Trump’s extensive legal battles as he campaigns for a potential return to the White House. The decision to delay the trial underscores the ongoing legal and political complexities surrounding the former president.

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