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Judge McAfee Dismisses Some Charges Against Fulton Defendants

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024  Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee dismissed 6 of the 41 charges in the criminal case against former President Donald Trump and his allies for conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia. The judge’s ruling was technical in nature and did not make a determination as to the innocence or guilt of the defendants.

Judge McAfee
(Alex Slitz/Pool/AP)

Donald Trump had been indicted on three of the six dismissed charges (the other three applied to other defendants). He still faces 10 charges in this case, including one charge under Georgia’s RICO statute. Fifteen The remaining defendants charged in the case all still face RICO charges. 

Donald Trump faces an additional 78 charges in three other criminal cases, meaning he is currently indicted on a total of 88 criminal charges.

McAfee stated in his opinion that, “... these six counts contain all the essential elements of the crimes but fail to allege sufficient detail regarding the nature of their commission.” In effect, this means that the defendants charged with those crimes are entitled to more specific information about how their actions broke the law.

Judge McAfee’s ruling explicitly mentioned that the Fulton County DA may appeal his decision or seek to re-charge the defendants with these crimes. The ruling does not prevent the remaining charges against Trump and his allies from moving forward to trial.


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