11th Circuit Cancels Meadows’s Emergency Hearing After State Ruling Slows Down Prosecution

Former White House Chief of Staff during the Trump administration Mark Meadows speaks during a forum titled House Rules and Process Changes for the 118th Congress at FreedowmWorks headquarters in Washington on Nov. 14, 2022. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court abruptly canceled expedited oral arguments set for Sept. 15 in an emergency motion by former Trump aide Mark Meadows aimed at staying a federal judge’s decision to remand a racketeering prosecution to a Georgia court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit nixed the hearing in a Sept. 14 order after lawyers for Mr. Meadows suggested it was no longer necessary in light of a new state court ruling that eliminated the possibility of him going to trial on Oct. 23.

That was a trial date originally sought for all co-defendants in the case by Fani Willis, a Democrat who is the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia.

Some legal experts have questioned the need for the state-level trial to proceed with such haste and have said putting together a racketeering case, which by its nature can be incredibly complex, on such a compressed timetable would be difficult for both the prosecution and the defense.

Mr. Meadows, former



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