Donald Trump will appeal against the scheduling of a March 2024 trial in the alleged 2020 election violations case. Although legal experts say such a move is unlikely before a verdict is reached in the case.“I will APPEAL.” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform.
The decision to schedule a trial is not a valid basis for appealing before a verdict is rendered, according to legal experts. During a hearing on Monday that set a trial date for March 4, Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, promised to comply with the judge’s scheduling decision despite being unhappy with the decision.
The trial planned for Washington, D.C., is one of four criminal charges facing the former president as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination.
The March 4, 2024 trial schedule is seen as working against Trump as it is just one day before Republican voters in more than a dozen US states decide whether to give him a chance to reclaim the White House. It was one day before “Super Tuesday,” a potentially fateful date in the Republican presidential nominating contest, when states from Maine to California will hold their nominating contests.
US Judge Tanya Chutkan’s decision means Trump will likely have to be tried in at least three separate criminal cases as he campaigns for the party’s nomination to face Democrat President Joe Biden in the November 2024 election. A trial date for the fourth criminal case has not been set.
He is also a defendant in three civil trials scheduled to take place in the next six months.
Trump’s lawyers had pushed for a trial date of April 2026. But Chutkan said they would not take long to prepare. Trump will stand trial in New York on March 25 on charges of concealing hush money payments to a porn star. Chutkan said he would consult with the judge in the case for any potential scheduling conflicts.
A third hearing is scheduled for May 20, 2024 on federal charges in Florida, alleging that Trump illegally kept classified notes after leaving the White House and attempted to obstruct justice.
A trial date for the fourth criminal case in Georgia has not been set. Fulton County Attorney Fani Willis had asked for a March 4 start. But Chutkan’s decision means that the schedule is likely to change. Trump did not attend Monday’s hearing. He had previously lambasted Chutkan, saying, without evidence, that he was biased against him. Chutkan has warned that Trump should stop posting inflammatory statements online about witnesses or other people involved in the case.
Trump has described the four criminal charges as a politically motivated attempt to stop him from returning to power.
He has plate not guilty in all three cases, and is schedule to be in Georgia on Sept. 6 to plead his defense in those cases, according to court filings on Monday. The case also stems from his efforts to reverse his defeat in 2020. One of the other 18 defendants in Georgia, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Is pushing for his trial to be move to federal court, where he may face a more sympathetic jury. In Washington, Trump’s attorneys said they needed time to sift through the government’s evidence, which totaled some 12.8 million pages.
Prosecutors said most of the evidence came from public materials, such as Trump’s statements and congressional records. They said Monday they had turned in most of it. Chutkan said Trump’s legal team should have started well. “Mr. Trump’s advisers have known about this for some time,” he said.