Sidney Powell joins calls for speedy trial in Georgia election case

Sidney Powell, a former attorney for former President Donald Trump, is calling for a speedy trial in the Georgia election interference case after co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee set Chesbro’s trial date for Oct. 23 — two months away — after filing papers earlier in the week calling for a speedy trial.

The judge has yet to approve Powell’s motion, which was filed late Friday. Like Chesebro, Powell is accused of violating Georgia state law by promoting a conspiracy to rally “alternative” voters.

McAfee previously said the October deadline only applied to Chesbro, not Trump, who said in court documents he definitely did not want to join the group seeking a quick trial.

All accused are expected to receive a large amount of evidence during the investigation; Her lawyers have been instructed to provide USB sticks capable of storing at least two terabytes of data by September 5. They are expected to inspect the material before the process.

Sidney Powell surrendered to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
Sidney Powell surrendered to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office via the Associated Press

Chesebro’s request came as a surprise this week. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis previously said she intended to try all 19 defendants in early March 2024 — an ambitious start date.

However, in her response to Chesebro, Willis said her office is ready to try all 19 defendants as early as October.

Kay Levine, associate dean at Emory University Law School, told CNN Saturday that she believes Chesbro’s request was an attempt to debunk Willis’ bluff and that her response was in turn an attempt to debunk Chesbro’s bluff.

However, Powell and Chesebro could benefit from distancing themselves from Trump, the most notorious defendant, Levine noted.

Powell made a name for herself after the 2020 election by helping Trump bring allegations of voter fraud. She compared a lawsuit she was working on to a “kraken” – after the mythical sea monster — and said she would “release the Kraken” to reverse President Joe Biden’s election victory. The lawsuit did nothing of the sort.

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