Judge severs Trump's Georgia election interference case, and 16 others, from trial starting in October

However, the judge stated that any defendant who does not relinquish their right to a speedy trial by October 23 will "immediately" join the trial. Trump has already waived his right to a speedy trial.

An appeals court will hear arguments in Mark Meadows' attempt to stay a lower court's decision in a Georgia election lawsuit.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had requested that all 19 defendants in the case be tried jointly, claiming that several trials would put a "enormous strain" on the court.

McAfee last week ordered Chesebro and Powell to stand trial on Oct. 23 after they requested a fast trial.

Chesebro had filed a motion in his defense asking the DA to reveal the identity of the 30 unindicted co-conspirators mentioned in the indictment, and prosecutors told McAfee at a hearing Thursday that they would do so.

Under a protection order, the names will be communicated with defense but will not be made public.

McAfee also indicated a readiness to provide defense counsel with transcripts for witnesses who testified before the special purpose grand jury utilized 

In the DA's original investigation, a request that attorneys for Powell and Chesebro supported in filings and in court on Thursday.

The court stated that he would take the case "under advisement... but as an initial thought, at a minimum, it's going to be granted in part as to any witnesses the state plans to disclose."

During the hearing, a prosecutor from the District Attorney's Office accused one of Chesebro's attorneys of earlier unethical behavior related to Chesebro's motion seeking to speak with grand jury members to determine whether there was any corruption in the grand jury process 

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