On Friday, a Georgia state judge rejected Trump co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro’s request to have his charges dismissed in the Georgia elections interference case.
Chesebro requested his charges be dismissed due to the fact that special prosecutor Nathan Wade failed to file his oath of office paperwork on time, but that request was rejected by Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee.
“The Defendant has failed to establish how Special ADA Wade’s actions resulted in a prejudice, i.e., how his assignment singlehandedly changed any specific actions taken during the investigation in the true bill of the indictment,” McAfee wrote in his rejection, adding that if a defendant wishes to successfully dismiss an indictment, they must establish that a constitutional right had been violated.
Chesebro was supposedly the fifth co-conspirator in the indictment against former President Donald Trump, being described as “an attorney who assisted in devising and attempting to implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential elections to obstruct the certification process.”
Last month, Chesebro’s attempt to sever his charges from Sidney Powell, another Trump-aligned attorney, was denied by McAfee, who said he didn’t find it necessary to do so to achieve a fair trial.
McAfee expressed concern at Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis’ attempt to try all 19 co-defendants charged in the election interference case together.
Trump, meanwhile, will not face trial in Georgia alongside Chesebro and Powell, as they have filed requests for a speedy trial. McAfee ruled that attorneys for the two may request voluntary interviews with the grand jurors with some oversight from the court.
Their trial is set to begin on Oct. 23. In a press conference, Wade said that the state may offer plea deals to the two.
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