Trump's potential Georgia trial could be first one televised
Why it matters: If Trump is charged as part of the state-level election interference probe, the public could hear and see evidence against him — intensifying potential political repercussions for the GOP presidential frontrunner.
State of play: Georgia law requires that cameras be allowed during judicial proceedings with a judge's approval. Cameras are seen as an important aspect of transparency.
- A judge would need a compelling reason — such as a juvenile victim or witness — to bar them, per Atlanta News First. Neither are likely to apply.
- Under Georgia's rules, the public could be able to watch Trump's potential arraignment — as well as an entire potential criminal trial, per NBC News.
- That's not been the case in federal and New York courts, where Trump's other indictments have taken place.
Context: Although a handful of photos have flurried around Trump's court appearances so far, no video has been allowed inside the court rooms.
- Trump has pleaded not guilty to state charges in a hush-money case in New York as well as federal charges in a classified documents case and a separate election conspiracy case.
- He has employed an unusual strategy of announcing news related to indictments, as his arrest playbook has also solidified.
Of note: Despite mounting legal woes, Trump continues to dominate the polls.
- His campaign reported $35 million in donations in the second quarter of 2023, nearly double what it raked in during the first quarter.
- The public's attention to his legal drama has also declined with each subsequent indictment.
- Willis, who has kept her plans quiet, has said charging decisions over the county's 2020 election probe could come by September.