As Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis and President Trump’s defense attorneys haggle over the details of a contentious trial, shocking news was released today that will significantly curtail efforts at transparency.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee said that allowing parties to have the ‘unfettered ability’ to share information with the public during the trial would ‘undermine the discovery process.’
“Potential jurors should be limited from exposure to materials that may be deemed inadmissible at trial,” McAfee wrote.
Judge in Trump’s Georgia election interference case orders ‘sensitive’ evidence withheld from public https://t.co/REwUeXNsfg
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McAfee went on to say that disclosure of discovery materials could prematurely taint the jury and endanger potential witnesses who plan to come forward in the case.
“The likelihood of harm in this case is severe, as extensive media coverage guarantees broad dissemination of any disclosed discovery materials,” McAfee wrote.
The decision was the result of an emergency hearing held after testimony was leaked from co-conspirator Jenna Ellis.
The defense lawyer of an election worker, who is also a co-defendant in the case, admitted to releasing the evidence because he believed it would assist his client.
In the testimony, Ellis claims that Trump intended to refuse to leave the White House in the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election, a claim that has been thoroughly investigated but has no factual basis.
“The boss is not going to leave under any circumstances. We are just going to stay in power.” Ellis said.