“That’s a Wrap on Fulton County Until 2025” Georgia Appeals Court Stays Trump Election Racketeering Case

 “That’s a Wrap on Fulton County Until 2025” Georgia Appeals Court Stays Trump Election Racketeering Case

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A Georgia appeals court has effectively paused former President Donald Trump’s election racketeering case in Georgia, a decision that could delay any potential trial until at least 2025. This development represents a significant setback for the prosecution, led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, as Trump continues to challenge the legitimacy of her case against him.

The Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia granted a stay on the proceedings while Trump’s legal challenge against Willis is under consideration. Trump’s legal team argues that Willis should be disqualified due to a purported personal relationship with Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor previously involved in the case. The controversy over Willis’ relationship with Wade has added layers of complication to the prosecution efforts, drawing criticism even from within legal circles.

Atlanta attorney Anthony Michael Kreis reacted to the ruling on X, formerly Twitter, stating, “That’s a wrap on Fulton County until 2025.” This sentiment was echoed by Politico’s Kyle Cheney, who noted, “If the case wasn’t doomed for 2024 before, it is now.” These comments reflect a growing consensus that the timing of the court’s decision could significantly impact the case’s relevance, particularly with the approaching 2024 presidential election cycle.

Legal observers like Lawfare reporter Anna Bower have pointed out that the appeals court is not expected to rule on Trump’s appeal until the spring of 2025. Should the case then proceed to the Georgia Supreme Court, further delays are anticipated, frustrating many who follow the proceedings. Followers of the case have expressed their discontent, citing the old adage, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

The delay has also attracted critical commentary from figures like former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who compared the situation to the pause in Trump’s federal election interference case pending a Supreme Court decision regarding his claim of presidential immunity. Weissmann highlighted the broader implications of such delays on the justice system, especially concerning high-profile figures like Trump.

Additionally, X user Bill DeMayo pointed out that Trump has already faced criminal convictions in New York City related to attempts to conceal salacious stories ahead of the 2016 election. DeMayo’s comments underscore a sense of urgency and frustration among those who believe the continuous delays undermine the legal process: “More delays, and for what? He’s still a felon,” DeMayo wrote. “But I guess sure let’s kick it out so he can just be live-streamed from Rikers or Home Arrest.”

This ruling has sparked a robust discussion about the efficiency and fairness of the legal system, particularly in handling cases involving former national leaders.

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