A District Court Judge has combined the evidentiary hearings for the three defendants into one hearing.
U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones has combined the upcoming evidentiary hearings for Jeffrey Clark, Shawn Still, and David Shafer into one hearing on Sept. 20. The three are co-defendants in a Fulton County, Georgia, case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others, indicted on racketeering charges for their actions in challenging the 2020 election results.
Judge Jones has already denied the request of co-defendant Mark Meadows, former chief of staff to the president, to remove his case from state to federal court. Mr. Meadows is currently appealing the decision in the 11th Circuit.
The nature of the three defendants’ removals isn’t quite the same. Mr. Clark was an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department, while Mr. Shafer and Mr. Still were both alternate electors in the period cited in the indictment.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, which is prosecuting the case, filed opposing responses to the two alternate electors’ requests for removal.
‘No Authority Anywhere’ Mr. Still and Mr. Shafer both made arguments that the role of an alternate elector was created by an act of Congress and thus