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Trump and allies face 41 charges in Georgia

  • 19 defendants – Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Mark Meadows, Kenneth Chesebro, Jeff Clark, Jenna Ellis, Ray Smith, Robert Cheeley, Michael Roman, David Shafer, Shawn Still, Stephen Lee, Harrison Floyd, Trevian Kutti, Sidney Powell, Cathleen Latham, Scott Hall, and Misty Hampton.
  • 41 counts [Trump faces 13 counts] – 22 Related to forgery or false documents and statements; 8 counts related to soliciting or impersonating public officers; 3 counts related to influencing witnesses; 3 counts related to election fraud or defrauding the state; 3 counts related to computer tampering; 1 count related to racketeering; 1 count related to perjury. Read the 97 page indictment here.
  • The New York Times – With Racketeering Charges, Georgia Prosecutor Aims to ‘Tell the Whole Story’. Prosecutors have found racketeering laws to be powerful tools in targeting not only foot soldiers in a criminal enterprise, but also high-level decision makers…One power of RICO is that it often allows a prosecutor to tell a sweeping story — not only laying out a set of criminal acts, but identifying a group of people working toward a common goal, as part of an “enterprise,” to engage in patterns of illegal activities. Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, Ga., is using a RICO indictment to tie together elements of a broad conspiracy that she describes as stretching far outside of her Atlanta-area jurisdiction into a number of other swing states, a legal move made possible by the racketeering statute. Her investigation also reached into rural parts of Georgia — notably Coffee County, where Trump allies got access to voting machines in January 2021 in search of evidence that the election had been rigged.
  • See also The New York Times ongoing coverage of the Georgia case
  • Washington Post – Trump charged in Georgia 2020 election probe, his fourth indictment.
  • NPR – “Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute allows prosecutors to pursue criminal enterprises, and it was based on — and is broader than — the federal RICO law.”
  • HuffPo – Georgia Prosecutor Gives Trump Until Aug. 25 To ‘Voluntarily Surrender’. In a brief news conference, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she would seek a trial in the next six months.

From the indictment – “Defendant Donald John Trump lost the United States presidential election held on November 3, 2020. One of the states he lost was Georgia. Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. That conspiracy contained common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states.”

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