In response to this request that sounds like another plot twist from a slow-burning TV drama series, Judge AILEEN M. CANNON gave her initial ruling setting the trial date on August 14th But hey! Who are we kidding? That was just an administrative placeholder while everyone expected significant procedural delays.
Defense Lawyers Need More Time (and Clearance)
A-ha! The prosecutors claim they need more time because defense lawyers still don’t have security clearances yet. Seriously?! How many government forms do they need to fill out before these guys can play lawyer? And let’s not forget about those volumes upon volumes of materials prosecutors have turned over already.
Mr. Smith and his team argued that despite the trial being absolutely huge in terms of political implications, it’s not that big of a deal legally. They said this case involves “straightforward theories of liability” and doesn’t present any “novel questions of fact or law.” It’s almost like they’re saying, “Come on, guys! Stop dragging your feet and let’s get this show on the road!”
Wish List: 84 Witnesses (But Who Counts?)
Ooh! Guess what? Mr. Smith’s team provided defense lawyers an estimate of the number of witnesses they might call – a whopping 84! Of course, who knows how many more witnesses they haven’t even thought about yet? The prosecutors were quite sneaky though; they asked for the names to be sealed.
It seems like everyone has forgotten whose trial it is exactly. Prosecutors warned that this list is not exhaustive and gave the defense lawyers some slack by letting them reserve their right to challenge these potential witnesses.
No Secrets Here: Classified Information Procedures Act
Aha! Time for some action under the CLASSIFIED INFORMATION PROCEDURES ACT! This act means Mr. Trump’s lawyer(s) will finally have access to all those juicy classified documents, which are supposedly crucial evidence against him in this case.
The defense may not share prosecution’s sense of urgency here—we can totally imagine them playing solitaire while prosecutors frantically try to wrap up everything!
Trial Tactics: Delaying until Infinity…or Beyond!
It’s no secret that Mr. Trump likes to play games with the legal system, and his defense lawyers are experts at dragging things out. Why rush when you can make it into an Olympic event?
The prosecutors already smell a rat! They know that Mr. Trump’s strategy has always been to delay as long as possible, especially if it pushes past the 2024 election. Because who knows? If he ends up victorious, he could just pardon himself or magically make all charges disappear.
A Tug-of-War Between Scheduling
All this back-and-forth between the two sides is starting to look like a real-life soap opera! It’s an early test for Judge Cannon – an inexperienced but loyal associate of Mr. Trump appointed by him in 2020 only because she ruled mostly in his favor last time around.
Miami Heat: Formal Arraignment Time!
Talk about perfect timing! Just before the formal arraignment of Walt Nauta in Miami federal court on Tuesday arrives news of yet another trial delay request from Jack Smith and crew.
Hmm…I wonder what Nauta thinks about all this waiting time? Probably planning lots of beach trips while his Washington-based attorney gets everything sorted out.