When RICO trial for Kraken lawyer Sidney Powell begins

Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee hears motions from attorneys representing Ken Chesebro and Sidney Powell in Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. Powell appears in a booking photo, inset on the left. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool; Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A Georgia judge on Wednesday set a trial date for so-called “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell on racketeering (RICO) and other charges she faces in Fulton County – and denied motions to sever her case from at least one of the other high-profile, pro-Donald Trump defendants.

In an omnibus hearing, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee denied separate requests by Powell and lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, known for co-authoring the infamous “coup memo,” to have their criminal trials held independently of everyone else.

“Based on what’s been presented today, I am not finding the severance from Mr. Chesebro or Ms. Powell is necessary to achieve a fair determination of the guilt or innocence for either defendant in this case,” McAfee said at the live-streamed hearing held in Atlanta.

The court slated trial to begin on Oct. 23.

Discovery in the case must be completed by all parties by Sept. 20. All motions in the case other than motions in limine must be filed no later than Sept. 27. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Sept. 29.

When RICO trial for Kraken lawyer Sidney Powell begins

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