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August 31, 2023
Former President of the United States Donald Trump says I am in no way guilty in the Georgia voter fraud case and is also ignoring my right to appear in court next week.
Trump joins 19 people charged with conspiring to change the results of the 2020 US federal election.
I turned myself in last week at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta and took a mugshot there.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said the case was being overshadowed by his political enemies. According to a court document filed on Thursday, the former US president said he “fully understands” the nature of the defendant’s office and his right to appear in court.
“I am aware of my rights and hereby freely and voluntarily waive my right to appear in court in this case and my right to have it presented to me for public hearing,” I said in the document I signed.
Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, appeared in court for the three cases against him.
The court required him to appear for the cases he faced in New York and Florida, and he decided not to appear online for another case in Washington DC.
In all three cases, security was tight as Trump supporters and counter-protesters were near the courthouses.
Georgia Fulton County is the only jurisdiction facing charges where defendants are not allowed to appear in court if they are charged with a criminal charge.
Brian Tevis, an Atlanta lawyer who represents one of Trump’s co-defendants, Rudy Giuliani, told CBS, a U.S. affiliate of the BBC, that “in 99% of cases” defendants given an Oprion chose to do so. not to appear in court. . . .
Earlier this week, three ODA co-defendants in the case also pleaded not guilty, including former Trump lawyers Ray Stallings Smith and Sidney Powell and former celebrity publicist Trevian Kutti.
Trump is scheduled to appear in court on September 6th, followed by the defendants 15, 15 minutes apart.
All 19 defendants in the case – including Trump – are accused of violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which they also call the Rico Act.
Across the United States and at the federal level, Rico Laws are used to help government prosecutors connect juniors who broke the law with the people who gave them the orders or organized the crime.