All Defendants Plead Not Guilty in Georgia Election Case


Former U.S. President Donald Trump appears in a Manhattan court during his arraignment on April 4, 2023, in New York City.
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In Fulton County, Georgia, all 19 defendants in District Attorney Fani Willis’s 2020 election probe have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. They have also waived their formal arraignments.

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The defendants include President Donald Trump, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and other prominent figures in the Republican Party.

The indictment, filed on August 14, alleges that the defendants conspired to unlawfully change the outcome of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. The charges filed against the defendants include violation of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, impersonating a public officer, forgery, and others.

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Trump, who is facing 13 charges, entered his not guilty plea on August 31. Meadows, who has been charged with violating the state’s RICO Act and soliciting a violation of oath by a public officer, is seeking to have his cases removed to federal court. His legal team argues that since the actions he was indicted for were performed in his capacity as a federal official, the case should either be dismissed or tried in a federal court.

In addition to Meadows, Trump is also seeking to segregate his case from the other defendants due to different timelines being requested. While the DA had initially proposed March 4, 2024, as the trial start date for all defendants, Trump, who is a current presidential candidate, objected to that date. His lead counsel argued that a trial date before the 2024 election would not provide adequate time for him to prepare his defense.

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Overall, the case represents a significant development in the ongoing investigations into potential misconduct during the 2020 election. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for all involved, particularly for Trump and his allies.


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