Trump appeal of ruling keeping Fani Willis on Georgia election subversion case set for October

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Former President Donald Trump and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.


The Georgia Court of Appeals has set Oct. 4 as a tentative date to hear oral arguments in an effort to remove Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis from prosecution in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others.

The possibility that the disqualification fight could extend into October, along with the lingering question of what impact the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on presidential immunity might have on the lawsuits, make it extremely unlikely that Trump be tried for election subversion in Georgia before Election Day.

Attorneys were informed of the tentative date after the case was formally listed in the appeals court on Monday, according to a notice obtained by CNN.

Briefs from defense attorneys in the case are due in 20 days.

Although the court has tentatively set a date for oral arguments, it is not guaranteed. A party to the case must request oral argument and the court then decides whether or not to grant that request. The panel could also decide to forgo oral arguments and rule on the issue based on the briefs filed.

A panel of three judges – Todd Markle, Trenton Brown and Benjamin Land – is expected to review the case.

Although the case against Trump and his co-defendants is still allowed to proceed in the lower court, no trial date has been set.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the tentative hearing date.

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