The federal judge presiding over Donald Trump’s classified documents case on Friday temporarily halted a series of important pretrial deadlines related to prosecutors’ sharing of confidential materials to which the former president is entitled as he builds his defense, reports The Messenger.
U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon authorized an electronic order delaying the deadlines she had previously set for October 2023 until May 2024, when the trial of Trump and his three co-defendants is scheduled to begin in the case in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Although Cannon’s order does not address the May 20 start date of the trial itself, it does state that all scheduled deadlines related to classified information are on hold “pending consideration and resolution” of a Trump motion proposing a new schedule that was presented. last month.
That Sept. 22 filing accused special counsel Jack Smith’s team of making “unfair efforts … to impose rushed CIPA litigation on the Court, President Trump, and his co-defendants.”
However, a separate motion filed Wednesday night by Trump’s legal team turned the trial schedule into a point of contention, with the GOP front-runner asking for a delay of at least six months in the trial’s start date. trial until “mid-November or later.” 2024″, bringing it forward beyond election day.
The motion cited ongoing legal litigation over sensitive evidence along with scheduling conflicts with Trump’s other federal criminal case in Washington, D.C., which he filed a motion to dismiss Thursday night, related to alleged election obstruction.
“The March 4, 2023 trial date in the District of Columbia, and the underlying schedule in that case, currently requires President Trump and his attorneys to be in two places at once,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the presentation on Wednesday.
Some legal experts questioned Cannon’s Friday order and suggested it could pave the way for Trump to delay the trial date.
“Judge Cannon is suspending CIPA deadlines until she rules on Trump’s pending motions,” said national security attorney Bradley Moss. wrote in X, formerly Twitter. “Now the real question is how long does it take you to make a decision?”
Judge Cannon suspends CIPA deadlines until she rules on Trump’s pending motions.
Now the real question is how long does it take you to make a decision. https://t.co/ku0s8QqWgG
– Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 6, 2023
“It’s not a good sign for those who want a trial in May. We haven’t even gotten to the point in CIPA where the court has to make really difficult decisions.” tweeted Brandon Van Grack, former Justice Department official who was part of special counsel Bob Mueller’s team.
Not a good sign for those who want a trial in May. We haven’t even gotten to the point in CIPA where the court has to make really difficult decisions. https://t.co/pkzGgnQhAU
– Brandon Van Grack (@BVanGrack) October 6, 2023
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“Realistically, delays may sometimes be necessary to accommodate matters involving classified discoveries, but this seems like a stretch,” said former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance. aggregate. “This is a judge who is happy to see the case moving forward slowly.”
Realistically, delays may sometimes be necessary to accommodate issues related to the discovery of classified data, but this seems excessive. This is a judge who is happy to see the case moving forward slowly. https://t.co/HKbkMcbxN1
-Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 6, 2023
“She’s going to delay and delay. It’s already been an embarrassment and it’s going to get much worse.” foretold Eric Segall, Georgia State Law Professor.
Trump was first indicted at the federal level in June for his alleged illegal retention of national security documents after leaving office. The special counsel filed a superseding indictment against him in late July, adding charges related to alleged obstruction of the government’s efforts to recover the materials and bringing the total number of charges against Trump in the case to 40. The former president has declared innocent of all charges.