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Defendants Cheseboro & Powell Will Go To Trial in October as Requested; Trump to Be Tried Later

Georgia defendants Kenneth Cheseboro and Sidney Powell will be tried together starting on October 23, 2023. Both of these defendants in the Fulton County election interference case sought to speed up and split off their cases from the 17 other defendants.

Defendants Cheseboro & Powell

Donald Trump, however, asked that his case be separated from the other defendants and not be tried in October. On September 14, 2023, Judge McAfee ordered that Cheseboro and Powell be tried first, but has not yet decided if the other 17 defendants will be tried together, or when that trial or trials will take place.


The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has argued that all 19 defendants in the alleged conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia should stand trial together.


In court on Sept. 6, Chesebro’s attorneys argued that Powell is accused of being involved in a breach of voting machines in Coffee County, GA—a component of the alleged criminal enterprise that Chesebro’s attorneys say had nothing to do with him.


Powell’s legal team contends that she and Chesebro have never met or spoken to one another, and were involved in different portions of the alleged conspiracy.


Judge McAfee denied these motions, ruling that the two cases will proceed to trial together. The Judge indicated he didn’t find it necessary to sever the cases to achieve a fair trial.

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