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‘Not a chance’: Experts weigh likelihood of Trump’s Georgia case going to trial before 2024 election

With the Georgia Appeals Court decision to hear former President Trump’s bid to have District Attorney Fani Willis disqualified from the case against him, some legal experts say there is little to no chance the case will go to trial before the November election as Willis had hoped. On Wednesday, the appeals court agreed to hear arguments by lawyers for Trump and co-defendants in the sweeping racketeering case related to the 2020 election. They argue Willis had an “improper” affair with a subordinate lawyer on her team and should be disqualified. Judge Scott McAfee ruled in March that Willlis’ affair gave her team an “appearance of impropriety” and said special prosector Nathan Wade needed to be removed or Willis should step down. Wade resigned shortly following that ruling. But Trump and his co-defendants appealed that decision, which will now go before the Court of Appeals. John Malcolm, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, said there’s “not a chance” Trump’s Georgia election interference case will go to trial before November. GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS TO REVIEW TRUMP’S BID TO DISQUALIFY DA FANI WILLIS “Although the odds of the Georgia case coming to trial quickly were never very good, now that the Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to consider the recusal issue, there is not a chance the Georgia case is going to go to trial before the November election,” Malcolm told Fox News Digital. “There are still lots of pending motions that Judge McAfee will have to consider once (or if) the case is returned to him for further proceedings,” Malcolm noted. He added that the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending decision in the Trump immunity case may have an impact on some of the charges that Willis’ office has brought against the former president. Malcolm added that “by dramatically overcharging this case and by engaging in an interoffice romance with a prosecutor whom she appointed, Fani Willis has no one but herself to blame for the predicament she is in.” FANI WILLIS SUGGESTS SHE WON’T TESTIFY IN ‘UNLAWFUL’ GEORGIA SENATE INVESTIGATION Georgia State University law professor Anthony Kreis told Fox News in an interview that, according to the court’s rules, the appeals court has to hear and decide a case within two terms. “Now that’s a long period of time. We’re basically looking into early 2025 potentially if the court puts it at the end of its docket,” Kreis said. “The Court of Appeals is a pretty busy court. And so, you know, maybe they want to take the [case] sooner, maybe they don’t.” Kreis explained that it’s not guaranteed the appeals court will hold oral arguments in the case and could just decide it based on briefings by both parties. The earliest the appeals court could hear the case is August of this year. JUDGE DISMISSES SOME COUNTS AGAINST TRUMP IN FANI WILLIS ELECTION INTERFERENCE CASE John Shu, a constitutional law expert who served in both the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, observed that “the Court of Appeals process will take weeks, and then whichever party loses the interlocutory appeal likely will file a certiorari petition to the Georgia Supreme Court, which, if they grant it, probably would take the process well into November. “This mess definitely is of DA Willis’ own making,” Shu added. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Willis did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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