A Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury returned 10 indictments on Monday night in the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is believed to have pursued charging individuals under Georgia’s RICO Act which allows prosecutors to “string together crimes committed by different people toward one common goal,” Axios reported, which makes it very difficult for defense attorneys to implement a “coherent trial strategy.”
The lengthy prison sentences that come with being convicted of RICO violations are “a major incentive for co-defendants to seek deals in return for new evidence,” the report added.
In the state of Georgia, the governor does not have the ability to pardon convicts, that power rests with a Board of Pardons and Paroles, which “requires that a sentence be completed at least five years prior to applying for a pardon,” the report added. A U.S. president would not be able to pardon Trump in the case.
The case can also be broadcast on television so the public is able to witness all the evidence that is being presented.
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