Lawyers tasked with defending former President Donald Trump and his allies want to find out what future Fulton County jurors think about Trump and other high-profile figures charged in the Georgia racketeering case.
Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell are scheduled to appear in court next week.
All of the attorneys met Monday to formulate questions to ask potential jurors in the case.
“This is not an ordinary case,” said Scott Grubman, an attorney for Chesebro.
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Chesebro and Powell are accused of racketeering and participating in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
The January 6 commission described Chesebro as one of the architects of the sham election program.
Powell was once Trump’s lawyer.
Both sides seem to understand how big this case is.
“I think it would be a big mistake if we treated this case like a normal case because it is unprecedented in the history of Georgia jurisprudence,” Grubman said.
The defense wanted to ask potential jurors true or false questions like: “I believe that Trump and his associates tried to steal the election and overturn my vote.”
And: “I think every single person who is accused of helping Donald Trump overturn the election should be punished.”
Prosecutors objected, accusing the defense of trying to pervert the law.
“He stated that he wanted you to disregard the law and the jurisprudence of what was going on because it was a high profile case,” said prosecutor Alex Bernick.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee expressed reluctance to ask such questions and also told attorneys that he expects the trial to be long.
“I give everyone an expectation of when we’ll be free and when we’ll arrive, and then instead of a range, I would shorten the range to just, say, five months. Maybe we can do better,” McAfee said.
In this case, that’s five or six months for the first two defendants alone.
There are also 16 other defendants, including Trump.