Georgia appeals court pauses Trump election interference case

Source: The Hill | June 5, 2024 | Ella Lee and Zach Schonfeld

A Georgia appeals court has frozen former President Trump’s criminal trial proceedings as it takes up his appeal seeking to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D), all but guaranteeing the trial will not be held before this year’s election.

In a one-page ruling issued Wednesday, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a pause until it resolves the appeals from Trump and a handful of his co-defendants seeking to boot Willis from the prosecution over her romance with a top prosecutor.

Oral arguments are tentatively scheduled for October, meaning the case likely will not proceed to trial until after the presidential election, where Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and is hoping to retake the White House and grind his cases to a halt. A trial date had not yet been selected.

The appeals court’s decision to stay the proceedings comes as it weighs whether Willis should be removed from prosecuting the case over her relationship with a top prosecutor who was also working on the case.

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