Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis had wanted to try all 19 co-defendants in her monster “RICO” election interference case in the same courtroom at the same time, starting on October 23 (yes, of THIS YEAR). Sydney Powell and Ken Chesebro had asked the court to sever their cases from the larger group, and Judge Scott McAfee did that on Thursday, saying this was “a procedural and logistical inevitability.”
He said “additional divisions” may be required. After all, how can 17 co-defendants, plus all their attorneys, the court officials, a jury and (for Trump) Secret Service even FIT in one courtroom? Imagine how it would’ve been if she’d tried all 39 on her grand jury’s list. They’d have to rent Mercedes-Benz Stadium!
And score another point for Sydney Powell, whose attorneys accused prosecutors Thursday of withholding exculpatory evidence in violation of law.
DA Willis accuses Powell of breaking the law by breaching voting machines used in Coffee County while seeking evidence that the machines had been manipulated. But Coffee County officials had invited her to examine them, and her attorney was able to confirm there had been a letter of invitation for her, sent not to Powell but to another attorney. He has reason to believe Willis’ office has this letter, which would exonerate Powell, and Willis has not turned it over. (This is the second such accusation of illegally withholding exculpatory evidence so far.) Not a good look for the DA.