October 4, 2023

The federal choose overseeing the prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump on expenses of unlawful possession of dozens of labeled paperwork set a Friday trial date for Might 2024, taking a center floor between the federal government’s request to face trial in December and Mr. Trump’s need to delay the trial till the 2024 election.

In her ruling, Decide Eileen M. Cannon mentioned the trial was to happen at her residence courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida, a coastal metropolis two and a half hours north of Miami, that would come with jurors from a number of counties that Trump handily received in his two earlier presidential campaigns.

Decide Cannon additionally laid out a schedule of hearings for the rest of this yr and subsequent yr, together with these regarding the dealing with of labeled materials on the coronary heart of the case.

The appointment order got here after a controversial listening to Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, the place prosecutors working for Particular Counsel Jack Smith and Mr. Trump’s legal professionals argued over when to carry the trial.

The timing of the trial is extra essential on this case than in most legal circumstances as a result of Mr. Trump is now the highest Republican presidential candidate, and his authorized obligations to face trial overlap along with his marketing campaign schedule.

Certainly, Decide Cannon’s trial date of Might 20, 2024, falls in the future earlier than the first in the important thing swing state of Georgia. Nevertheless it falls after the majority of the first races have already been held.

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