The battle of Trump trial dates is an interesting sideshow during the unprecedented slate of political prosecutions of a former U.S. president during an election campaign. In a new order, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon rescheduled the pretrial deadlines for one of the two cases in which former President Donald Trump is being prosecuted by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Regarding the case involving classified-marked documents retained by the former president at Mar-a-Lago, Judge Cannon rendered a partial grant and partial denial of the defense’s petition to extend deadlines, which included the trial.
Judge Cannon stated that a postponement would “be considered at a scheduling conference on March 1, 2024″—exactly three days prior to the commencement of the trial in the other case that Smith is prosecuting in Washington—while rejecting the motion to alter the trial date.
In reference to the “high volume” of classified discovery, the judge found “it most prudent, given the evolving complexities in this matter, to adjust the first batch of pre-trial deadlines.” Furthermore, she stated that she was unable to “ignore the realities” of the defendant, President Trump, being confronted with multiple trial schedules.
The order establishes additional discovery deadlines, such as a joint discovery