Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell enters not guilty plea in Georgia election interference case

ATLANTA — Former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and one other defendant on Tuesday entered a not responsible plea within the Georgia election interference case, in line with courtroom filings.

A lawyer for Powell submitted a waiver of arraignment in Fulton County Superior Courtroom informing a decide she “hereby waives formal arraignment and enters a plea of NOT GUILTY to every cost within the Indictment.”

Powell, who acted as one in every of Trump’s legal professionals after his election loss to Joe Biden, is charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit pc theft, trespass and invasion of privateness and conspiracy to defraud the state.

The pc-related costs are tied to an effort to improperly entry voting machines in rural Espresso County, prosecutors alleged.

Additionally pleading not responsible Tuesday was Trevian Kutti, one other of the 19 defendants within the sprawling case introduced earlier this month by Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis.

Kutti is the previous publicist for Ye, the artist previously referred to as Kanye West. She’s charged with racketeering and conspiracy for allegedly being a part of a strain marketing campaign to get Ruby Freeman, an election employee who’d been falsely accused of election fraud, to make false statements.

She additionally waived formal arraignment.

Each Powell and Kutti have already posted bond within the case. Powell’s bond was set at $100,000 and Kutti’s at $75,000.

Ray Smith, an lawyer who represented Trump in 2020 Georgia circumstances and is charged with serving to manage a slate of “alternate” presidential electors within the state, grew to become the primary defendant within the case to enter a not responsible plea on Monday.

The 16 different defendants within the case — together with former President Donald Trump — are scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 6.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and maintains he’s the sufferer of a politically motivated investigation.

No less than one of many defendants, Kenneth Chesebro, is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 23 after a decide granted his request for a speedy trial. The decide’s order stated “[a]t this time, these deadlines don’t apply to any co-defendant.”

In a separate courtroom submitting Monday, the DA’s workplace requested the decide to make clear what he meant with that order, and whether or not he intends to sever Chesebro’s case from the others. Powell additionally has a speedy trial request pending.

“The State maintains its place that severance is improper at this juncture and that each one Defendants ought to be tried collectively, however at an absolute minimal, the Courtroom ought to set Defendant Powell’s trial and that of another defendant who might file a speedy trial demand on the identical date as Defendant Chesebro’s,” the submitting stated.

Willis initially proposed a March 4 trial date. Trump has stated the entire legal circumstances in opposition to him ought to be delayed till after the 2024 election.

Charlie Gile reported from Atlanta, and Dareh Gregorian from New York.